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Old September 21, 2012, 02:38 PM   #15
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by Skadoosh
Surprisingly, many home invasions are done when the residents are at home.
That's what home invasions are. When no one is home, its called burglary.
Actually, it's burglary whether or not anyone is at home.

"Burglary" is, in general, today defined along the lines of: the breaking and entering of a building with the intent of committing a crime therein. Of course, the exact definition will vary somewhat from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but that's the essence of it. So whether the building is occupied or not is irrelevant.

But whether or not the building is occupied is relevant to what crimes might be committed in the course of a burglary. If no one is home, it will be only property crimes. If someone is home, the crimes committed inside by the burglar could include crimes against persons as well.
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