USE OF A DEVICE TO PROTECT PROPERTY
39-11-616. Use of device to protect property.
(a) The justification afforded by §§ 39-11-614 and 39-11-615 extends to the use of a
device for the purpose of protecting property only if:
(1) The device is not designed to cause or known to create a substantial risk of causing
death or serious bodily harm;
(2) The use of the particular device to protect the property from entry or trespass is
reasonable under the circumstances as the person believes them to be; and
(3) The device is one customarily used for such a purpose or reasonable care is taken to
make known to probable intruders the fact that it is used.
(b) Nothing in this section shall affect the law regarding the use of animals to protect
property or persons.
[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1.]