A burglary is the act of illegal entry with the intent to commit a felony.
Household burglary is the unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry of a residence. This crime usually, but not always, involves theft. The illegal entry may be by force, such as breaking a window or slashing a screen, or may be without force by entering through an unlocked door or an open window. As long as the person entering has no legal right to be present in the structure a burglary has occurred. Furthermore, the structure need not be the house itself for a burglary to take place; illegal entry of a garage, shed, or any other structure on the premises also constitutes household burglary. If breaking and entering occurs in a hotel or vacation residence, it is still classified as a burglary for the household whose member or members were staying there at the time the entry occurred.
- Completed burglary is a form of burglary in which a person who has no legal right to be present in the structure successfully gains entry to a residence, by use of force, or without force.
- Forcible entry is a form of completed burglary in which force is used to gain entry to a residence. Some examples include breaking a window or slashing a screen.
- Unlawful entry without force is a form of completed burglary committed by someone having no legal right to be on the premises, even though no force is used.
- Attempted forcible entry is a form of burglary in which force is used in an attempt to gain entry.
Burglaries can be prevented by means known as target hardening, such as locking your doors, securing your valuables, and purchasing an alarm system,carrying a gun on your person if legal in your place of residence helps to protect against burgalars