Borrowing & Stealing; the differences

Did You Know?

Stealing is a crime. It is when someone knows they must not take something that does not belong to them and take it anyway, The property belongs to someone else. The person who has taken it does not intend to give it back to the person who owns it. Sometimes, we use the word 'victim' to describe someone who has had a crime committed against them. A crime is when someone does something that the law says they should not do.

The person stealing is being dishonest. 

Stealing is a crime.


Someone who steals may be sent to prison after a court has found them guilty of the crime. A 'court' is a place where people trained to know about the law listen to the facts and decide, when they have heard all the facts, whether there is enough information to say that a crime has been committed.


If they believe that a crime has been committed, after they have listened to all the facts, they then must decide whether the person who is accused - who the police and the prosecutors say did the crime - is, in fact, guilty - that means the facts show that the person was responsible for committing the crime.

Consequences of stealing

Read this example:

Imagine a young person. Let us say that they are aged 10 years old. The young person sees a pen inside a store and decides to take it without paying. What might happen to them?

The store owner may tell their parents.

Police could be called because stealing is a crime.

If that person has stolen before they more than likely would go to court and be punished for their actions,and may be ordered to do unpaid work in the community if they were an adult.