What does 'honour among thieves' mean ??

From chapter - A question of trust (Footprints Without Feet).

Dear Student. The sentence means that although thieves steal from other people, there is still a code of honour among them whereby they do not disclose incriminating details about each other. Even those who are thieves will refrain from telling on each other and have a code of ethics to follow. Horace gets angry whenever anyone talks about "honour among thieves" because he was tricked by a young lady who was also a thief like him. Horace landed up in the prison because of her. We hope that this answer solves your query. Regards.

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Respect and trust among thieves means honour among thieves
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This means that criminals neither help nor compromise other criminals in their theft activities!
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