How To Deal With Intruders

It's very rare for intruders to break-in homes knowing that the owner(s) is inside. 86 percent, according to a new data analysis by Churchill Home Insurance would leave without confronting whoever is inside their target home. More than 75 per cent abandon burglaries once they hear somebody inside. As for the rest, they are called 'creepers'. They specialize in night time burglaries and they often have a professional attitude when targeting easy and safe targets.

According to the new research, most people in the UK, are not aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to protecting themselves and their properties. about 50 percent don't understand what is the legal definition of reasonable force. In fact many believe there are no laws addressing their right to protect themseleves. Some even believe they are legally allowed to set a trap to snare potential intruders!

Burglars,too, are aware of the new laws which came into place in 2013, but more than two third of them think they had little effect on how they approach burglaries as they are always very careful not to get face-to-face with their victims in any case to avoid any confrontation.

According to to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) "Anyone can use reasonable to protect themselves or others, or to carry out an arrest or to prevent crime". However, the level of force must be reasonable. The householder should use reasonable force according to the circumstances of the burglary.

If you suspect there is an intruder in your home: