Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Burglar Alarms

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Burglar Alarms

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IT IS not surprising that Sir John Stevens has had widespread support for his call to allow householders to use whatever force is necessary to deal with people who break in to their homes. If evidence were needed to show that the current formulation is dangerously vague - that people disturbed by intruders can use "reasonable force" against them - it was provided by Downing Street yesterday. The Prime Minister's spokesman commented crypticall: "The important thing is that the law does allow reasonable force to be used. What it does not allow is the act of retaliation." This will leave the public even more confused about their rights than they were already. We applaud the principle that householders should be entitled to defend themselves without being deterred by the thought that they might be arrested if the intruder is injured. The problem is how to frame new legislation in such a way as to protect householders without endangering the lives of people who may have entered the house with good intentions. …

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