What is the difference between burglary and robbery?

A couple of days ago we published a local crime stats chart. The chart presented different categories for crimes that involve theft. Two of these categories were ‘burglary’ and ‘robbery’.

These two terms are often confused. So what is the difference?

Burglary is defined by the law as the unlawful entry to a structure to commit theft or a felony (this does not include vehicles). A victim does not have to be present at the scene of a burglary.

Robbery is defined by the law as taking or attempting to take something from someone by use of intimidation, force or threat. A victim must be present at the scene for a robbery to take place.

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