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Something has been stolen from me

Theft is what happens when somebody takes, steals or pinches something from you without your permission, and has no intention of giving it back.

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It can be really upsetting when something that belongs to you – maybe something you’ve saved up for, or something that was given to you as a gift – is stolen. It can also make you feel scared or unsafe.  

Everyone responds differently to different crimes, but however you feel, remember that's it's never your fault – only the offender is to blame and nobody has the right to damage or destroy your things.

What’s the difference between theft, burglary and robbery?

If you are a victim of theft it means something is taken from you it could happen at school, on the bus, at home, on the street or anywhere.  If somebody breaks into a property – such as your home or a shop – and steals something, that is known as burglary.  If someone takes something from you by hurting you, or threatening to hurt you, that is known as robbery

What can I do?

Being a victim of theft can make you feel worried, sad, scared or angry, especially if you feel like you’re trying to deal with this all on your own. However, lots of young people find that it can help if they talk to someone. 

Some things you can do are:

  • Talk to an adult you trust – this could include a family member, a teacher your youth worker, social worker or support worker – about what’s happened and how it has made you feel. It can be difficult to know how to have this conversation; we have some tips on asking for help.
  • If you’re worried or feel unsafe because of what’s happened, talk to your trusted adult about developing a safety plan that would help you choose how best to keep yourself safe.
  • You might want to sit with your trusted adult and look through some of the practical advice about how to stay safe from theft and robbery. You can find more information on the Police.UK website
  • Talk to your friends; a good friend will listen to you and may help you speak to an adult. 
  • Think about reporting it to the police. If you think you are at immediate risk of getting hurt, call 999.
  • Young people who’ve been a victim of theft often ask why is this happening to me? It is important to know that this is not your fault and you can get help.

If you are worried about a friend, we have some tips on how you can start the conversation and get them the right help.

Who can help me?

You&Co – you can talk to one of our support workers on a one-to-one basis, and we can offer you help and support. We can give you advice on how crime can affect you and how to cope with it, what to do and what to expect if you decide to report a crime to police, and how to move on from being a victim of crime. You can find out about the support available nearest to you on this website.

ChildLine – ChildLine offer 24-hour support for young people, both on the phone and through online chats and message boards, on crime, safety and a range of other issues; call 0800 1111.

The Mix – this website provides information and support for 16-25 year olds on a whole range of issues, including rape and sexual assault as well as safe sexual relationships. Get confidential help by telephone, email, text or webchat, for young people under 25; call 0808 808 4994.

Crimestoppers – If you want to provide information about a crime without talking to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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