So first of all a little story for you lot.
When I was at university, my house all went out for drinks. One guy came home earlier, went in the house and went upstairs to his room. He left the door unlocked. Some guy came in and took a couple laptops that were in the living room downstairs, one was mine. Being robbed sucked- I got fucked on the insurance covering the first £150 or whatever, and obviously I had to wait for that to come through during which time I had to go buy another computer. Fortunately it was backed up so I didn't lose my uni work, but the other person lost 2 essays they were working on (I think, hard to remember exact details). Anyway, of course the police did jack shit because there's not much they can do, and they were never found. Apparently the likely scenario is the thief was a drug addict, probably homeless. He/She took the laptop, sold it to a fence for probably £40 who then sold it on in another city for maybe £100-£150, possibly even to a legitimate company like CEX or whatever. Anyway it sucked.
Now if my friend had come downstairs and the guy had still been there, would my friend have been entitled to defend his property? Obviously in MURICA they shoot people for walking on their lawn, but this thief was basically fucking our lives up. Should my friend have just rang the police from a position of safety or should he have been allowed to clock the guy with a baseball bat to protect his property?
(as a disclaimer, my friend is a total pacifist and would never hit anyone even in self defence, it's just a scenario)