You 𝙘𝙖𝙣 use force to defend 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛, your 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮 and your 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙮.
I'll break that down over a few tweets to dispel the myth that the law is on the side of the offender.
Criminals look for low risk / high reward - typically empty homes.
👉 Some basic security tips to reduce the risk:
This must be reasonable.
▪️ Is there a need for any force at all?
▪️ 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.
What you honestly and instinctively believe is lawful and necessary self defence for yourself, your family or your property could constitute reasonable force.
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
At this point however, be mindful that the degree of forced deemed reasonable by a reasonable person may well have diminished substantially.
▪️ You cannot set Home Alone style traps for future intruders, regardless of how many ball bearings you may own.
▪️ You cannot inflict further punishment upon an intruder you've disabled. This would be excessive and gratuitous.
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.
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.
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