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Why do we owe a duty of care to people who break in to our homes?

Comment 1st July 2010

I believe that we should scrap the duty of care laws in relation to people who have broken in to our homes. If somebody is trying to steal anything from my property and they injure themselves why is that my fault? They should not have been there in the first place and if they get into my home and I defend my family by using force why is it possible for the intruder to sue me. These laws are ridiculous.

If somebody who has broken into a persons property tries to bring a prosecution against the owner of the property either civil or criminal then they should be prosecuted for wasting the courts time. This would soon stop these criminals from profiting from homeowners even if they were unsuccesful in stealing from them but got injured either entering or leaving the property. Where are the rights of the homeowners? It is said that an Englishmans home is his castle and castle's were designed to repel people from entering them so why are we not allowed to do the same. If somebody breaks into my home and I catch them am I supposed to wave them out of the front door and say be careful how you go I wouldn't want you getting injured or should I be allowed to defend my family and property in any way I deem fit.

Why does this matter?

My idea is important as it is a further way to prevent criminals from profiting from their victims. It is a way of empowering people to be able to protect their family and their possessions without fear of reprisals.


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