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“Home invasions have been on the upswing over the last 15 years, as surveillance technology has increased break-in risks at convenience stores, gas stations, etc.” These were the words found in a 1995 article printed in The bNet blog hosted by Harvard University’s Business School. The article was prompted by an FBI-issued  bulletin about HIR (Home Invasion Robbery) in […]

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Though the term “home invasion” is used extensively by the media to describe a certain type of crime, only a few states have laws that define and punish a crime called “home invasion.” In the United States, FBI reports do not address “home invasion” crimes. On the other hand, FBI reports do show that the […]

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NOTE: Since writing this article on January 26, 2012, the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida, has raised a firestorm of controvery about “Stand Your Ground” laws. The Wikipedia entry on “Castle Doctrine,” upon which “Stand Your Ground” legislation is based, also is in flux. Home Invasion News recommends that you check for updates in […]

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Here at Home Invasion News, we look at a lot of press releases, read a lot of websites, and view a lot of videos. We watch for and think about the trends and patterns we see in the material coming across our desks. We’ve come to define classic home invasion as follows: • Multiple perpetrators […]

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While we can find no consistent definition of “home invasion” (either from a legal or law enforcement viewpoint), certain characteristics come to mind when we hear the term: • forced, physical entry • use of some sort of weapon • more than one perpetrator • physical contact with or physical assault of or the victims […]

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It’s extremely difficult to gauge how common home invasion is. For one thing, “home invasion” is even difficult to define. Much to our surprise, the following entry from the 2003 FBI crime statistics suggests that the rate of “aggravated robbery” was on the decline almost a decade ago” “According to statistics from the Federal Bureau […]

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What’s a home invasion? Well, that depends on who you ask. You and I probably see this the same way. When armed criminals brazenly force their way into a house, condo, or apartment, not caring whether somebody is at home or away, with an eye to stealing property or hurting us, you and I tend […]

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“A break and enter of occupied residential premises with forced confinement, assault, or battery of occupants.” That’s how duhaime.org defines “home invasion.” The keywords here are occupied, forced and occupants. Those words mean that the perpetrators knew — or didn’t care — that you were home when they broke in. Moreover they very likely hurt […]

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