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Personal theft

Are you getting pressure from your friends to steal?

If you're worried about getting involved in something you shouldn't be, like stealing or robbery, you need to remember you are in control of your own actions.

You might be involved because you're getting pressure from people you know. But it's not right and it doesn't make them good friends. You can get hurt, and you could hurt someone else.

It could even land you in prison. But by coming here, it shows you really don't want to get involved. And you don't have to.

Is it bullying? Perhaps your friends are telling you to hide someone's stuff. Maybe they say you should steal things from someone's bag or coat. You might not think stealing from people can be classed as bullying - but it can. Visit our pages about bullying for more information: either ‘Get the facts’, or for more info on how you can actually help them visit ‘Are you getting pressure from your friends to be a bully’.

What to do about it

Talk to a friend who's not involved. If they're a good friend they'll want to listen and help.

And if you want to try and stop your friend from stealing take a look at our section called ‘Are you worried your friend is involved in stealing?’ You can help them, and it might just be the best way to help yourself.

If you're really worried it's getting serious, you could talk to someone outside of your circle of friends or family. There are lots of people that you can talk to over the phone, in confidence, who will listen and help you. You could start with ChildLine on 0800 1111.

For more information about personal theft visit our ‘Get the facts’ or ‘More help and advice’ pages.