Burglary

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Definition: Burglary


Quick Summary of Burglary


The crime of breaking into and entering a building with the intention to commit a felony. The breaking and entering need not be by force, and the felony need not be theft. For instance, someone would be guilty of burglary if he entered a house through an unlocked door in order to commit a murder.



What is the dictionary definition of Burglary?

Dictionary Definition


n. the crime of breaking and entering into a structure for the purpose of committing a crime. No great force is needed (pushing open a door or slipping through an open window is sufficient) if the entry is unauthorized. Contrary to common belief, a burglary is not necessarily for theft. It can apply to any crime, such as assault or sexual harassment, whether the intended criminal act is committed or not. Originally under English common law burglary was limited to entry in residences at night, but it has been expanded to all criminal entries into any building, or even into a vehicle.

  1. The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.
  2. Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
  3. Under the Model Penal Code, entering a building or occupied structure with the purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. Model Penal Code § 221.1.

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Definition Sources


Definitions for Burglary are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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