You are breaking the law if you take anything that doesn't belong to you.
If you are caught breaking the law you could face serious punishment. You could be jailed for up to seven years in prison if you are caught shoplifting.
There are lots of different crimes, including:
- Damage to property
- Theft of property
- Sexual offences (If they say no or maybe this never means yes)
Each of these offences can affect the victim. Think about how you would feel if any of these crimes were done to you.
If you commit a crime, this can make a big difference to your life. Because you will have a criminal record, you may not be allowed to do certain jobs or go on holiday to some countries.
Once you have a criminal record you may find that people will treat you differently because they will not trust you.