Section 16-150 Definitions.


    The following words and phrases, as used in sections 16-151 through 16-169, shall have the meanings given in this section.

     Enter unlawfully or remain unlawfully. A person "enters unlawfully or remains unlawfully" in or upon premises when he is not licensed or privileged to do so. A person who, regardless of his purpose, enters or remains in or upon premises which are at the time open to the public does so with license and privilege unless he defies a lawful order not to enter or remain, personally communicated to him by the owner of such premises or by other authorized person. A license or privilege to enter or remain in a building which is only partly open to the public is not a license or privilege to enter or remain in that part of the building which is not open to the public.

     Inhabitable structure. "Inhabitable structure" includes a ship, trailer, sleeping car, airplane, or other vehicle or structure:

    (1)    Where any person lives or carries on business or other calling; or

    (2)    Where people assemble for purposes of business, government, education, religion, entertainment or public transportation; or

    (3)    Which is used for overnight accommodation of persons.

    Any such vehicle or structure is "inhabitable" regardless of whether a person is actually present.

     Inhabitable structure of another. If a building or structure is divided into separately occupied units, any unit not occupied by the actor is an "inhabitable structure of another."
     Of another. Property is that "of another" if any natural person, corporation, partnership, association, governmental subdivision or instrumentality, other than the actor, has possessory or proprietary interest therein, except that, for purposes of sections 16-161 through 16-163, property shall not be deemed property of another who has only a security interest therein, even if legal title is in the creditor pursuant to a conditional sales contract or other security arrangement.

     To tamper. "To tamper" means to interfere with something improperly, to meddle with it, displace it, make unwarranted alterations in its existing condition, or to deprive, temporarily, the owner or possessor of that thing.

     Utility. "Utility" means an enterprise which provides gas, electric, steam, water, sewage disposal, communication services or cable television service and any common carrier. It may be either publicly or privately owned or operated.

(Code 1964, § 7.765)