When someone commits theft by breaking into a house, they are punished with a higher penalty. It is a crime if anyone commits theft by:
- Breaking into any tent, house, etc. which is used for the purpose of living by humans or to store property, they will be punished with jail time of up to 7 years and a fine1.
- Enters into any building to commit a crime, or to intimidate, insult or annoy any person who possesses the property, then he will be punished with jail time of up to 3 months and/or a fine up to Rs. 500.2
If you have faced a house break-in while theft, read here to understand the steps/options you can take to complain.
- Section 380. Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- Section 441 and 447. Indian Penal Code, 1860.