Burglary is defined by law as the entering of a building as a trespasser, and then
- Stealing or attempting to steal from it, or
- Inflicting or attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm to anyone in it, or
- Making trespassing entry to a building with intent to steal, intent to inflict GBH or intent to do unlawful damage
- It differs from theft and robbery and is an either-way offence, that is, it can be dealt with by magistrates or at Crown Court.