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Burglary is one of the most common types of crime. A burglary is when someone breaks into a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone or committing unlawful damage.

It isn't always a one-off event — some people may be burgled several times, or be affected by other crimes as well, such as harassment or hate crime. The impact of burglary isn’t just financial; it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security. But however you’ve been affected by burglary, Victim Support can help.

For information on protecting your home from burglars, take a look at our safety tips.

The emotional impact of burglary

Even if nothing has been stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home can be very distressing and feel like a violation of your security. Some people blame themselves if they forgot to secure a window or door, or if they were tricked by the burglar, but it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault.

Children in particular can be very frightened and may need reassurance, even if they don’t talk much about what’s happened. Not all stolen goods are replaceable and some people may lose items of significant sentimental and personal value – this can be very upsetting.

If this has happened to you and you need help to recover from the impact of a burglary, please contact us.

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