Burglary is a distressing crime which can leave victims feeling violated in their own homes.
In winter 2015, Operation Fidelity – an innovative new forcewide plan to tackle burglary – was launched.
What is burglary?
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.