Sunday 11 December 2016

Burglars' rights? Not as bizarre as you might think

Published 15/02/2014 | 02:30

Robert Waters shows off his new website which allows victims of crime to upload CCTV footage of robberies on their homes
Robert Waters shows off his new website which allows victims of crime to upload CCTV footage of robberies on their homes

No matter how liberal, well meaning and generally tolerant we all try to be, there are still some issues that can turn even the most placid soul into a card-carrying member of the hang 'em/flog 'em brigade, complete with metaphorical pitchfork and a flaming torch at the ready.

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It's not a pretty sight, hysteria.

It's corrosive, gets into your soul and diminishes all of us. But no matter how we might try to be guided by the angels of nature, everyone shares a visceral, primal hatred of burglars.

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