What happens when you have a violent burglary – is that 1 or 2 separate crimes on your database?

Good question. There are 5 different types of crime listed and one ASB category and some of them can overlap. We now have it on good authority that there is an order of hierarchy according to the length of sentence per crime committed. So in this example, if the burglary involved homicide, then this would be registered as a violent crime, not a burglary. But if there was a relatively small and ineffectual violent blow landed by the pepetrator on the victim but a great deal of valuable items were burgled, then it is registered as a burglary. So a combination of different offences are recorded as one crime according to the hierarchy of potential sentencing length.

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