Burglary British Style: When Your Home Is Not Your Castle

Burglary British Style

Village residents in Surrey and Kent, UK, are furious about local police recommendations to remove wire mesh from their windows, because burglars could injure themselves while invading their houses.

The residents start reinforcing their property after a series of burglaries. One of the homeowners, Thomas Cooper complained, that his property was visited by burglars two times in the past four years. After he had decided to put wire mesh on his shed windows, the police warned him, that if burglars hurt themselves they could press charges against him.

‘”I mean, what are you meant to do? — he said . — Let them take your stuff? It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it.’

The police replies that it doesn’t prohibit the homeowners to protect their properties, but “a commonsense approach needs to be taken”.

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