Understanding Burglary & Robbery
The terms "robbery" and "burglary" are often used interchangeably. While they have some similarities, there are some important differences between them. Both burglary and robbery are property crimes and, therefore, typically involve:
- Theft of property from an individual
- Unlawful entry to a property with the intent of stealing something
Robbery, however, is defined as the act of taking or attempting to take something that has value from someone by using intimidation, force, or threats. For the law to recognize an act as a robbery, then, a victim must be present at the scene of the crime.
Burglary, on the other hand, is the unlawful entry to a structure for the purposes of
committing theft or another felony. Unlike a robbery, no victim needs to be present at
the scene of a crime for a burglary to take place.