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Get tough on armed burglaries

An 8pc rise in the number of burglaries recorded last year is bad news for householders and business owners who already have a lot to worry about.

But the 24pc increase in the number of burglars who are in possession of a weapon at the time is truly alarming.

The idea of being confronted by a burglar, possibly hyped on drugs, and armed with a knife, a gun or some other sort of weapon is the stuff of nightmares.

Does a person who goes to rob someone else's house bring a weapon if they're not prepared to use it if cornered or confronted?

It's unlikely. For this reason the toughest of prison sentences should be imposed on those who break into someone else's home or other property while armed.