Definition of distraction burglary in English:

distraction burglary

Line breaks: dis|trac¦tion burg|lary


An instance of gaining access to a property under false pretences, with the intention of committing theft: two thieves pretending to be from the Water Board have carried out a string of distraction burglaries in the area
More example sentences
  • Clear links have been established between doorstep cold-calling and crimes such as distraction burglaries, where crooks con their way into someone's home under false pretences.
  • A trial scheme in Cambridgeshire has cut the incidence of distraction burglaries by a ninth (11%) since it was set up two years ago.
  • Police officers are also warning elderly people to be on their guard tonight because Halloween can be rife with people committing distraction burglaries.


distraction burglar

More example sentences
  • A total ban on all doorstep selling for property repairs will be the only sure way to protect older people from rogue traders and distraction burglars.
  • Three distraction burglars were disturbed during an offence but still managed to escape with the money.
  • He arrested a distraction burglar who targeted his neighbour's home.

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