Four out of five burglary investigations are unsuccessful, figures show.Read the full story ›
The top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK have been revealed, with part of Manchester the worst in the country and 12 London postcodes in the list.
According to insurance claim figures, people living in the M21 postcode are most likely to have been hit, with 45.2 claims per thousand people.
But Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in SE24 in London were close behind with 41.8, and Muswell Hill in N10 chalked up 40.9.
The figures came from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to website MoneySupermarket.com over the course of a year.
The top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK have been revealed, with part of Manchester the worst and 12 London postcodes in the list.Read the full story ›
The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said the law must change so it is on the side of people who defend their property or themselves from burglars.
Currently, anyone who confronts a burglar may legally use "reasonable force," but Mr Grayling would like anything but "grossly disproportionate force" to be permitted.
ITV News' Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:
I asked Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to set out the difference between disproportionate and grossly disproportionate in reference to burglars.
He said: "If you react in way that in the cold light of day might seem over the top, the law will still be on your side...
"It is crazy to have system where someone with an avowed hatred of UK uses human rights to avoid deportation. One of my key jobs is to change that."
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling made it clear that "if someone breaks into your home, if you lash out in self-defence, the law should be on your side".
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.
ITV News Facebook users have been commenting on government plans to give more protection to homeowners who are confronted by burglars. Join the debate here.
Diane Procter: "Everyone has a right to defend their home and families, whatever it takes to keep people out."
Nick Sanbrooke: "At last! Some common sense!"
Beth Jones: "As a single parent its my job to protect my daughters so if someone broke in my house i will do everything it takes to get them out or stop them!"
Frightened homeowners who react when confronted by burglars will get more protection under new plans, the Justice Secretary will announce.Read the full story ›
David Cameron has told Daybreak that we should be less concerned about the rights of the burglar and more concerned bout the rights of home owners and families.