8 October 2012 Last updated at 20:51 ET
Tory conference: Burglary 'over-reaction' to be allowed
Householders who over-react when confronted by burglars are to get more protection in law, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will say.
"Grossly disproportionate" force will still be against the law, but the bar will be set higher than the current "proportionate" force test.
The minister will also use his speech to say all community sentences should have a punitive element.
But he will insist that he is committed to the rehabilitation of offenders.
Mr Grayling wants to change the law on tackling intruders as soon as possible, aides say, and it could be included in a crime bill passing through Parliament this autumn.
'Terrifying' It will mean someone who is confronted by a burglar and has reason to fear for their safety, or the safety of their family, and in the heat of the moment uses force that is reasonable in the circumstances but in the cold light of day seems disproportionate they will not be guilty of an offence.
Mr Grayling will tell Tory delegates: "Being confronted by an intruder in your own home is terrifying, and the public should be in no doubt that the law is on their side."