What is break and enter?

A break and enter occurs when the seal of a property is broken, before the property is entered. Breaking a seal involves compromising a property’s security by unlawfully entering the property when entry has been restricted. It does not matter if the property was left unlocked.

However, where a window or door has been left open, then the property has not been sealed. In such circumstances, the Prosecution will not be able to prove the charge.

A break and enter charge under this section must involve committing a serious indictable offence, in addition to the break and enter.

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