What Is a Home Invasion? - Definition, Statistics & Law

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Instructor: Jessica Schubert

Jessica is a practicing attorney and has taught law and has a J.D. and LL.M.

This lesson will teach you about home invasions. You'll review the definition of a home invasion and examine home invasion statistics. You'll also hear about some relevant laws.


Have you ever heard a bump in the night? It may just be a neighborhood cat, but it could more serious. It could be an intruder attempting to come inside your home, seeking to do harm. Unfortunately, these home invasions occur daily in the United States.

A home invasion is an unlawful entry into another person's home with the intention to perform an illegal act. The illegal act may be a burglary, but it may also consist of other criminal acts such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and more. Typically, the residents of the home are present during the home invasion. Occupants of the home may also provide information to the offender regarding the location of valuables.


According to a U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Survey, between 2003 and 2007, a household member was home in 28% of the 3.7 million average annual burglaries which occurred. Furthermore, according to the same study, household members become victims of violent crimes in approximately 266,560 burglaries per year. Offenders were known by their victims in approximately 65% of these burglaries, while strangers amounted to 28%.

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