Ninety-five percent of the time all the characters, creatures, monsters and strangers in your dreams represent aspects of yourself. When you go about interpreting a dream assume that all the people in the dream are you (except when you recognize the characters—children, spouse, parents, co-workers, and so forth—and even then they are sometimes you).
Interpreting the dream subjectively, you would first of all assume that you are both the burglar and yourself in the dream. You begin asking yourself questions. What part of me is harming the children? Maybe you feel you're working too hard and not spending enough time with them. Is your dedication to working long hours perhaps stealing your children from you?