Home burglaries on the rise

Home burglaries on the rise

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There have been several home burglaries lately and one of them was an aggravated robbery at the windsor place apartments. But what does the law say you can do if this happens to you?

joel wilks with the district attorney's office said, "the self defense and the using deadly force in self defense statutes in Texas go back to the reasonable person standard, as long as a reasonable person thinks that either force or deadly force was necessary... Than it is."

But there are some misconceptions about this.

 

"There's a couple of myths that go around there with things, that oh well if you shoot somebody make sure you drag them inside or make sure that you do this, we never want people to do that, never ever ever tamper with a crime scene because even if you're completely justified in what you did, you're never justified in tampering with evidence", said Wilks.

Police Officer Sage says the best thing to do if someone breaks into your home, is get to a safe place, and call 911.

"Police are trained to deal with these situations, and you never know how many people might be there, there may be 1, 2, or 3 suspects and you never know what kind of weapons they have", said Sage.

According to police crime statistics, in 2012 there were just over 1000 burglaries which was a decrease from previous years, but now they're popping up in police reports rather frequently.

In late February 18 year old Javier Abila was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his involvement in an aggravated robbery for having a pistol.

"If the force used was reasonable, the court is going to access that given situation and if the force was reasonable, the person would not be charged with any crime", said Sage.

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