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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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Burglary and Property Theft

Burglary and Property Theft

(p.168) Twelve Burglary and Property Theft
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of burglary and property theft in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that successful burglaries were thoroughly organized and involved gathering different types of information, including police presence and getaway routes. It discusses one social reporters' ranking of thieves during this period which placed pickpockets near the top, followed by burglars, with sneak thieves at the bottom of the scale. This chapter also mentions that Liverpool served as a market for contraband from elsewhere.

Keywords:   burglary, property theft, thieves, pickpockets, sneak thieves, contraband

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