These Eye-Opening Statistics Show How, When, and Where Most Break-Ins Occur
Burglaries and in-home invasions are more common than you think — but taking proper safety measures can keep your home safe.
We all work hard to keep our homes safe from unwanted visitors. We lock everything down, close the blinds, invest in a good front door lock, and buy surveillance equipment to discourage thieves — but even with these precautions, brazen intruders may still attempt to gain entry. Fortunately, most burglaries are easily prevented, a fact borne out by the most recent statistics.
1. Two million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States.
While two million burglaries may seem like an unusually high number, keep in mind that there are about 125.8 million homes in the United States. That comes to about 1.5% — certainly not nothing, but a relatively low percentage in the grand scheme of things.
2. About 30% of all burglaries are conducted through an open or unlocked window or door.
As alarming as this percentage is, it also suggests that most burglaries can be avoided by simply locking up before you leave home.
3. Nearly 66% of all burglaries are residential break-ins.
Unlike commercial properties, most homes lack surveillance cameras that could record a burglar’s actions. Fortunately, many security companies offer basic surveillance equipment, and even dummy cameras can dissuade some burglars.
4. Renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime as homeowners.
Renters and homeowners alike own smartphones, TVs, laptops, and other highly valuable and easily “stealable” items. Even if you’re renting your home, it’s still important to have a good apartment door lock as well as an in-home safe to store your most precious items. It’s also a good idea to keep your valuables out of plain sight, and to shut windows if you won’t be home during the day.
5. The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months.
When windows and doors are left open during the summer months, burglars have more opportunities to enter your home. While you might be tempted to leave your bedroom window open while you’re off at work or school, closing it denies intruders an easy entry point.
6. According to the FBI, a home break-in or burglary is the most common threat to your home.
Protect your home as best you can from this unfortunately common occurrence. Investing in sturdier locks and sophisticated security and surveillance equipment will only make your home safer. Just don’t go overboard (unless you have a few million bucks to spare)!
7. In the US, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds.
While this statistic might give you pause, there’s no need for alarm — unless it’s a home security alarm, that is! With the right locks and an effective security system, you and your family can keep intruders at bay. Check your locks (don’t hesitate to reach out to your local locksmith if you need a second opinion!) and always do a security check on doors and windows when you’re leaving your house or apartment.
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