What is a burglary?

What is a burglary?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics – “A burglary is the unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry of a residence. This crime usually, but not always involves theft. The illegal entry may be by force (e.g. breaking a window or slashing a screen) or may be without force (e.g. entering through an unlocked door or an open window). As long as the person entering has no legal right to be present in the structure, a burglary has occurred.”

There are 4 main types of burglaries that can occur. Most burglars are a crime of opportunity. Whether it be an unlocked door, open window, or ample hiding spaces around the house. Being mindful of the security risks and vulnerabilities of your home can help you better protect yourself from a intruder.


Attempted Forced Entry 

Force is used in this type of burglary to try to gain entry to the home. Some examples of force could include kicking-in a door, smashing a window, using a tool to pry open a door or window.


Completed Burglary

In this case of burglary, a person who has no legal right to be on the property has gained entry, either by using force or not.


Forcible Entry 

The force a would be burglar used to attempt entry has been successful..


Unlawful Entry Without Force

A person who has no legal right to be on the premises has unlawfully entered the property.


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