Friday 11 January 2013 5.48pm
The law recognises rights to trespassers (to which burglars belong) under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984. This is English law, long before the Human Rights Act came into force. There is a well-known case about a burglar successfully suing the owner after being shot. In essence the owner must take such care as was reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that [the trespasser] did not suffer injury on the premises.
Is it reasonable in all the circumstances to use barbed wire? I would say it is so long as the barbed wire is not concealed and cannot be reached accidentally. What do you think?
More info here.
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