Home Secretary Theresa May has said victims of crime will soon be able to decide how offenders responsible for anti-social behaviour will be punished.
Mrs May told the Daily Mail: "One of the big problems for the victims of anti-social behaviour is that they feel powerless. Somebody does something to them or their property and they feel they don’t get reparation, or feel they are not part of the process."
The Mail reports the punishments are likely to include the payment of compensation, repair of damage and cleaning up a public space.
John Cooper, a barrister specialising in human rights and criminal law, has tweeted his scepticism about the Justice Secretary's new law to give greater protection to people who use force against burglars:
There is no confusion about the law re protecting your home from burglars just an opportunity for new Ministers to posture. #BBCr4today.
Speaking about government plans to give homeowners who use force against burglars get more protection, David Cameron has told ITV1's Daybreak people need to know if they do need to protect their home or their family from a burglar they should be able to do that.
He added that the uncertainty over the law at the moment is "completely wrong" and he believed people would be "reassured" by the plans. He explained the force used must not be "grossly disproportionate".