The Sims 3


For the trait in The Sims 4, see Kleptomaniac (The Sims 4).
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Kleptomaniac is a lifestyle trait in The Sims 3. It enables the ability to put objects in the family's inventory either autonomously or by the player.

Kleptomaniacs "accidentally" end up with things owned by others. They often "permanently borrow" items from work, school, or even their neighbors' homes!

Attributes[edit | edit source]

  • Throughout life, this Sim will be prone to swiping others' things. It's genetic!
  • Sim can return stolen objects to their rightful owners via the mailbox, resulting in a positive 'Returned Stolen Property' moodlet. They may even wish to do this action immediately after the theft.

Player notes[edit | edit source]

  • You can click the Swipe Items interaction close to something and your Sim might steal the intended object. It will then appear in the family inventory.
  • Kleptomaniacs can only swipe three items per day without mods or hacks.
  • Kleptomaniacs can swipe some items from community lots. Kleptomaniacs are able to swipe a car parked at the stadium, but won't be able to swipe paintings from the art gallery or a barbecue grill at a park.
  • If a Sim is caught swiping an object, they will be kicked out immediately and the relationship with the Sim who caught the kleptomaniac will drop severely.
  • Kleptomaniacs can swipe items from outside a house even if they have not been invited to go in. To be able to steal from the inside, the sim has to be invited in.
  • The maximum value of the item a kleptomaniac is able to swipe is determined by this formula: Career level X 350.
  • Sims with this trait can swipe any movable object, no matter how big. However, there are some items that a kleptomaniac won't be able to swipe (see list below).
  • In The Sims 3 for console, Sims with the kleptomaniac trait are able to steal from the inside of community lots, unlike the PC version.
  • Most maids and babysitters have the kleptomaniac trait, but the trait is more likely to appear on Sims that are generated later in the game to replace old ones.
  • Kleptomaniacs may autonomously swipe objects without the player's control in between 7pm and 6am as long as there are no other Sims nearby.
  • Kleptomaniacs will occasionally steal small items and paintings from work or school rabbitholes, which will then be placed in the family inventory. The player can choose to place the items around the home, return them via the mailbox or sell them for money. There will be no notice from the game when they do this, and sometimes they may steal useless items such as bowls when eating inside the bistro lot. This works differently to the "stash tinket" scenario if any Sim was working in the Evil or Thief branches of the criminal career, as the kleptomaniac may even steal small items while working in a more innocent career such as professional sports.

Other notes[edit | edit source]

  • Always click very close to the object you want to be stolen, because sometimes, clicking in the general area of the object will result in the kleptomaniac Sim stealing the object that is directly underneath the spot that was clicked on, thus wasting one of the three opportunities. For example, when clicking in the general area of an expensive car, the kleptomaniac Sim may instead steal the cheap lamp that was directly underneath the spot that was clicked on.
  • If a Sim should take a guitar out of their inventory and drop it on someone else's lot, which may happen after a serenade, it does not appear to be recoverable through dragging and dropping or kleptomania.
  • Because Sims can swipe three objects per day, Sims can swipe three objects after 7 pm but before midnight, and then swipe three more after midnight but before 6 am.
  • There are some items that are not able to be swiped, even if they otherwise meet the requirements:
    • Large outdoor objects, such as swings, clotheslines, large toys (for instance the Jungle Gym), or slides.
    • Beds, fridges, counters, hot tubs.
  • Sculptures larger than a Sim can be swiped.
  • In The Sims 3 for consoles, one way to steal from a neighbor is to send a kleptomaniac Sim to the neighbor's house, and have another Sim invite the neighbor over. The Sims who are in the neighbor's house can then steal items from it.
  • A kleptomaniac can WooHoo with any other kleptomaniacs no matter what relationship status.

Other ways of stealing[edit | edit source]

  • Sims in the firefighter career are strangely able to swipe items only when they are putting out fires in a house. The way it works is the same as kleptomaniacs.
  • Sims in the investigator career can swipe items when they are breaking into a house (on some investigation jobs). The way it works is the same as kleptomaniacs although the action is called "Take as Evidence".

Special moodlets[edit | edit source]

Image Moodlet Name Notes
Returned Stolen Property.png Returned Stolen Property This positive moodlet will appear when a kleptomaniac returns any object they have stolen at all through the mailbox. Lasts for 8 hours and adds a +15 buff to the mood.

Possible lifetime wishes[edit | edit source]

  • Become a Master Thief
  • Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
  • Living In The Lap Of Luxury

Kleptomaniacs[edit | edit source]

Claire Ursine, Rhoda Bagley, Kate Pistachio.

See also: Category:Kleptomaniacs


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