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Defense of property

The defense of property is a possible justification for breaking the law. Defendants who use this defense are arguing that they should not be held liable for a crime, since the actions taken were intended to protect the defendant's property. Courts have generally ruled that "deadly force" is not acceptable in defending property, although it may be acceptable in self-defense. As deadly force is not allowed, the setting of booby-traps[?] is also not allowed.

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