What is a good term for instruments (tools) a thief uses?

Thief tools

Thief stuff

Thief gear

Or something else?

3 Answers 3


"Tools" is the most appropriate term and I would use the following phrases:

The thief's tools...

The thieving tools...

If there is more than one thief:

The thieves' tools...


In America at least, the normal term is burglary tools. Burglary is surreptitiously entering a building for purposes of theft, so burglary tools would include tools for picking locks, breaking doors, etc.

  • 1
    +1: I usually hear this as burglar's tools though. "Thief's tools" just sounds odd to me.
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 2, 2011 at 0:27
  • A variation is "tools of burglarious purpose" which sounds much more legalese while meaning the same thing.
    – Criggie
    Commented Mar 14 at 1:08


The thief slipped through the open window, pulled out the tools of her trade from the knapsack, and walked toward the safe.

  • She pulled out her lock picks
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 17:00

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