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What measures may individuals take to protect personal property? Are there limits to those
protections? Should a personal property owner be liable under any circumstances if a thief is
injured or dies during an attempted theft?
This was my answer just for reference.
Individuals may take several measures to protect personal property but it can only be to a
reasonable extent (Protection of property, n.d.). The use of excessive force or measures to
protect personal property is illegal and can cause more legal issues if it is used. As most
laws are there is no definition of what reasonable extent encapsulates in protecting one’s
personal property. There is one state that is an exception to the use of excessive force and
that is Texas, they are permitted to use deadly force to protect their personal property. This
means in all other states deadly force is not permitted when protecting personal property.
Protection of property. (n.d.). Lawshelf.com.
1-Reply to
Arlene Ocana
Jun 22, 2022, 11:38 PM
Individuals can protect their personal property by safeguarding it. In the event that personal property
is taken an individual has the right to report the crime but cannot act violently against the aggressor.
Private pottery laws allow people to use force or self defense precautions in the event of a trespasser
so long as the trespasser is fair warned and aware that they are in private property. In the event that
personal property is stolen and the aggressor dies as a result of the crime, the owner should not be
held liable if appropriate precautions were taken. For example, if a person is attempting to steal
something from a persons car while the car is in motion and the driver backs into the person as an
attempt to get away and kills the person the driver should not be held liable for the death of the
perpetrator. In the drivers defense, the thief proposed a threat as the drivers life could have also been
in danger. The thief is fully conscious of their choices and such activities present a risk of injury or
death and they choose to engage which should not be a choice punishable to the person being robbed.
2-Reply to
Parker Allhands
Jun 22, 2022, 11:29 PM
The 5th and 14th Amendments, according to the Constitution, safeguard property rights. Although it is
within our rights, using force to defend our property is considerably more restricted than using it to
defend ourselves. Unless the acts are matched and you are in danger of significant damage or death,
using deadly force to protect property is never permissible (Suszek, 2020). Additionally, if your
property is taken away from you, you are not allowed to recover it on your own initiative; you must
file a legal case in order to do so. Most of the time, if the burglar was hurt while breaking in, the owner
is not held accountable. The owner must demonstrate that the use of such force compromised their
capacity to defend themselves in order to avoid responsibility (2020).
Suszek, A. (2020, July 8). When is a Property Owner Liable for a Trespasser’s Injuries? Www.Alllaw.Com.
AnswerWhat harm does theft have on commerce in the United States? What can be done to lessen
the harm that theft has on the economy? Politely comment on which suggestions from
classmates seem more or less viable.
Same question as above
3-Reply to
Sergio Sanchez
Jun 23, 2022, 2:33 AM
Hello Professor Devine and Class,
The Harm that theft has on commerce is a social issue. We as consumers buy products and services
every day. The cost of said products and services are dictated by company profits. If companies are
stolen from then the trickle-down effect is that pass along the loss to consumers. The national
Association on shoplifting estimates that the causation of shoplifting alone is about 13 billion in the
United States a year, What about insurance? I know firsthand that car robberies in my area have
driven up my cost on insurance. Also, insurance fraud, whereas people make false injury claims. The
theft of product and services in United States in the trillions. What would be a good remedy to op this?
In my opinion I believe this is a grass roots issue that starts in the home. Educators at early stages of
childhood development should teach the impact that theft has on the economy, highlighting that when
you steal you are not just stealing from a company but that you are stealing from every individual who
buys or uses a product or a service, including yourself.
4-Reply to
Whitney Mclain
Jun 22, 2022, 12:00 PM
Hello Professor Devine and class,
In the United States, theft is prosecuted by the laws of the individual states. All in all commerce is
defined as the conduct of trade among economic agents. Generally, commerce refers to the exchange
of goods, services, or something of value, between businesses or entities. Theft can lead to Each item
lost to a shoplifter, cost money for your store to buy, but you get no revenue from it. Your cost of
goods goes up, and high amounts of shoplifting severely affects your profit margins, or ability to turn
revenue into profits. Now days people go to jail for stealing and get out the next day or depending on
how many times they have been arrested for shoplifting they could be sentenced to up to 30 days or
can still lead to fines of up to $1000. Or the penalty of jail time can increase drastically, as a conviction
can lead to up to five (5) years in prison with fines that Value Between $2000 and $10,000.
5-Reply to
Carri Gerber
Jun 21, 2022, 6:44 AM
Theft harms commerce in the United States, leading to higher costs on parts of businesses affected by
theft. It is like a domino effect; after theft, the business owner could have future overhead costs that
will ultimately impact the future of the business. In addition, theft leads to higher costs like increasing
security measures which increase sale prices and fluctuate markets and demand needs, resulting in
poor economic activity. Theft could be mitigated through law enforcement involvement and enacting
strict laws and punishments against offenders. These steps and directions could deter possible
offenders from taking part in the theft. However, most of the time, the business owner is left with the
financial burden this caused as the offender is charged with 1-4 years (NV) in prison, impacting the
economy more.
Lister, J. (2016, October 26). How Does Stealing Affect Store Profit? Small Business – Chron.Com.
Pirius, R. A. (2020, December 16). Nevada Laws on Theft, Larceny, and Shoplifting.
Www.Criminaldefenselawyer.Com. https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminaldefense/crime-penalties/petty-theft-nevada-penalties-defense
6-Reply to (this is the instructor replying to Carrie Gerber’s above message.)
Ginger Devine
replied toCarri Gerber
Jun 21, 2022, 7:40 AM
Replies to Carri Gerber
Carri: Theft is a trillion dollar industry, from shoplifting, to fraud (take a look at the fraud
we are now seeing in the COVID funds that were distributed–in the hundreds of billions),
to smash and grabs, to robbery and carjacking, to home invasions. Theft takes many
forms. And then we have seen destruction such as five square miles of Minneapolis
burned down in the name of “protest.” These are families and small business owners who
may never recover.

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