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A residential burglary is when someone enters a building such as a house, garage, shed or summer house with the intent to steal something or commit a crime.

It also includes other premises used for residential purposes such as houseboats, residential care homes and hostels.

If the burglar has a weapon, such as a gun, knife or explosive, this is classified as an aggravated residential burglary.

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Someone has burgled the place I live
The place you live, such as your house, flat or apartment, has been broken into
Someone has burgled a building on my land
A building that is on your land, such as a garage or shed, but not the place you live, has been broken into
I think someone else's property has been broken into
You believe someone else's home or other building such as a shed or garage,may have been burgled
I am worried that my property may be burgled
You are worried that your home or building may be broken into and would like some advice to stop this happening
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened
Your situation
This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I feel I've been targeted
If you feel that you have been targeted for a particular reason please make sure you tell us this
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns
I was injured or threatened with violence
The burglar used threats or violence during the incident
The person who did this
I think I know who did this
You have details of, or suspect you know who committed the crime
I don’t know who did this but I do have a description
You have a description of what the suspect or suspects look like
I don't have a name or description of the person, but I have other details
You do not have any description or names of those involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the suspect
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this
There is video footage or photos
You may have clear CCTV, video or images of the incident or know where there are cameras which may cover the area
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
There may be evidence such as bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints or saliva
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
The suspect/s said something, left graffiti, wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation
This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I want to remain anonymous
You do not want to provide your details
I do not want to go to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I am unsure if I can enter the property
You are outside the burgled property and want to know if you can enter before officers arrive
I'm worried it may happen again
You are worried that this incident may happen again and this could affect your livelihood