Problem

Criminal trespass

Other Names:
Trespassers
Trespass
Nature:
Criminal trespass is illegally entering into or remaining in a building or structure. This is distinguished from burglary by the fact that no other crime is intended.
Background:
In countries like the UK in which most land is somebody's property, following the enclosure of common land, trespass has been recognized as a dispute between individuals rather than a crime against society, although breaking and entry is a crime. Because of the lack of provision for those without a place to live, the existence of a grey area in relation to trespass has been essential to the provision of a legal "stopping place" where the underprivileged could stake a temporary claim.
Incidence:
In the UK in 1994 it was estimated that over 100,000 people were likely to be living semi-legally on somebody else's property. These include gypsies and squatters.
Broader Problems:
Criminals
Related Problems:
Criminal intrusion
Values:
Crime
Trespass
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET
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