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Let's clarify a common misconception about self-defence and burglary (a thread).

You ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ use force to defend ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›, your ๐™›๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ and your ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ.

I'll break that down over a few tweets to dispel the myth that the law is on the side of the offender.
Before we start, it's important to remember that it's extremely rare that someone is confronted by a burglar or intruder in their own home.

Criminals look for low risk / high reward - typically empty homes.

๐Ÿ‘‰ย Some basic security tips to reduce the risk:
sainsburysbank.co.uk/library/defaulโ€ฆ
So, @cpsuk and @PoliceChiefs advice on protecting yourself in your own home during a break in begins...

๐™„๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™˜๐™–๐™จ๐™š๐™จ, ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š, ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™š

Don't put yourself at risk if the police can act.

Don't act without backup on the way.

Sensible
To the question of ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™š.

This must be reasonable.

โ–ช๏ธ Is there a need for any force at all?
โ–ช๏ธ Is the force used reasonable in the circumstances?

i.e. Based on the facts you believed at the time, would a reasonable person regard the force as reasonable or excessive.
Essentially, it's not expected that in the heat of the moment you should make fine judgements as to how far you can go.

What you honestly and instinctively believe is lawful and necessary self defence for yourself, your family or your property could constitute reasonable force.
Force used could be reasonable even if a weapon is used.

You don't have to wait to be attacked first to use reasonable force in self-defence.

Even if the intruder dies, provided you used reasonable force in the circumstances described then you will not necessarily be prosecuted
If an intruder escapes with some of your property or you chase to effect a citizens arrest you are still allowed to use reasonable force.

At this point however, be mindful that the degree of forced deemed reasonable by a reasonable person may well have diminished substantially.
But let's be clear on what's not reasonable;

โ–ช๏ธ You cannot set Home Alone style traps for future intruders, regardless of how many ball bearings you may own.

โ–ช๏ธ You cannot inflict further punishment upon an intruder you've disabled. This would be excessive and gratuitous.
Even if you act in self-defence and use reasonable force, you should expect the police to investigate impartially.

It's our duty.

We'll assess the circumstances objectively alongside CPS and recognise the fact that the intruder caused the situation to arise in the first place.
So there you go. I hope it's been of some use, I do get asked about this one a lot.

If you find yourself in this situation, prioritise SAFETY FIRST. If that means hiding or running away and living to fight another day then so be it.

Learn more on this with the following sources
Ask The Police: askthe.police.uk/content/Q85.htโ€ฆ

CPS Guidance on Self Defence: cps.gov.uk/legal-guidanceโ€ฆ

The Independent 'Am I Entitled to Kill a Burglar?': independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/โ€ฆ
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