Theft is the taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.[1][2][3]:1092–3 The word theft is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft or fraud.[1][2] In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny;[2] in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career out of theft is known as a thief.

Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong,[4] Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland,[5] and the Australian states of South Australia[6] and Victoria. [7]