Possess Housebreaking Implements


The offense of Possess House Breaking Implement is contained in section 114(1)(b) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and states:

“Any person who has in his or her possession, without lawful excuse, any implement of housebreaking or safebreaking, or any implement capable of being used to enter or drive or enter and drive a conveyance”.

The nature and elements of this offence surfaced in R v Reynolds (unrep, 22/08/86, NSWCCA) at 6. In the arguments, it was realized that if the Crown has proved the possession of implements ‘capable’ of being used for housebreaking or such by the accused, it constitutes an offence.



Possess House Breaking Implement can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years (if heard in the Local Court) or up to 7 years (if heard in the District Court).

Please note that the penalties mentioned are reserved for the worse case offending and are unlikely to be the penalty you receive.



Since Possess House Breaking Implement is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution. The prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • You held possession of an item;
  • That the item had the strength to break into a house or car; and
  • That the possession of the item has no legal validation.

It is not necessary for the prosecution to establish the intention of the accused that is whether he possessed the implements for the ‘purpose’ of house, safe or conveyance breaking or for committing any specific offence.



While building up a case against Possess Housebreaking implements charges, the following defences can be put up in your favor:

  • You don’t possess the item.
  • The item is not enough to break into a house or car.
  • Proving the possession with a lawful excuse, such as employment or recreational activities.
  • If you were compelled to perform the act under threats, you may be able to argue “Duress”; or
  • If your actions played a significant role in preventing a greater harm from occurring, you may have the defence of – “Necessity”.



For Possess House Breaking Implement offences, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

  1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
  2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
  3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
  4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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