The CPS also known as the Crown Prosecution Service has answered popular questions about where
you stand with the law when it comes to protecting what is yours!
Does the Burglar have to attack you first?
NO! If you at home and fear for yourself, friends or family, the law doesn’t require you to wait to be attacked before using self defence. A defensive attack has to be used at a reasonable force.
Asking yourself what is reasonable force?
The harder they attack you the harder you can attack. If you do knock them unconscious don’t kick them when they are down, this will not go down as reasonable force.
How far will the law stretch before you are not protected?
If you believe what you have done was necessary it will act as the best piece of evidence that shows you acting lawfully and in self defence – even if you have used something as a weapon.
What if the intruder dies?
The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) says: “If you have acted in reasonable self defence, as described above, and the intruder dies, you will still have acted lawfully.”
What if you chase them as they run off?
You are not acting in self-defence now. Which means the same force you had used inside may not be reasonable but reasonable force can still be used to recover property and make a citizen’s arrest.
What is reasonable force if you are chasing them?
The CPS says consider your own safety and whether police have been called but a rugby tackle or a single blow would probably be reasonable.
The law does not protect you if your actions are over the top or revenge, If an intruder is down and you continue to kick and punch them repeatedly.
Don’t Let it get to that stage!
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