Can you actually steal a street?

What’s the most burgled street in Cornwall and how many times have my neighbours been burgled?

Then again, not that bright that side of the Tamar, are they?

12 thoughts on “Can you actually steal a street?”

  1. If you actually knew who your neighbours were then you’d know wouldn’t you?

    Newquay has been said by some to be at official shithole status for some time. Never been there so I can’t say. Perhaps others can confirm/deny.

  2. burgle |ˈbəːg(ə)l|
    verb [ with obj. ] chiefly Brit.

    enter (a building) illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft: our house in London has been burgled.

    ORIGIN late 19th cent.: originally a humorous and colloquial back-formation from burglar.

    So you see, the verb does not mean ‘steal’, and in the realm of newspaperese the usage you mock is not unreasonable.

    Sorry, Tim. Pendantry turned vertically through 180 degrees!

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Rob – “Yes, a house is burgled, why not a street?”

    Well street names get stolen quite a lot. Abbey Road, of course, used to get stolen so often they stopped replacing it. I believe they only have a sign painted on the wall now.

  4. Both Tim and the source are wrong.

    Tim is wrong because burgle does not mean steal. It means entering somewhere without the owners consent with the intention of committing a crime.

    So the source is also wrong because you don’t typically need consent from the owner of a street to enter it.

    Potentially you could burgle a private street in limited circumstances..

  5. To be extra-pendantic, if I remember rightly burglary only happens at night. In the daytime it’s called housebreaking. So check your watch if you want to know which crime you’re committing

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