The Annual Uniform Crime Reports are official data on crime in the United States, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Uniform Crime Report is a nationwide effort of nearly 18,000 city, university, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention. The program’s primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration and various other programs. However, its findings have become one of the nation’s leading social indicators over the years. The FBI monitors various categories of different crimes including everything from homicide to petty theft. However, Protect America focuses primarily on what we are able to prevent with the use of a home security system: property crimes – specifically burglary.
How Has Burglary Changed?
Recently, the FBI has released its 2013 Crime in the U.S. report detailing national, state and city crime statistics throughout America. Protect America took the burglary statistics from 2013 and compared the data to the Uniform Crime Report burglary statistics for 2012. We discovered that in the span of one year, the population has increased by 2.2 million people. This has obvious repercussions on the burglary rate in the United States. With more citizens in the country, you would expect more burglary. However, the rate has in fact decreased in the last year… and has been steadily decreasing in years prior. In 2012, there were 2,103,787 burglaries reported. That’s one burglary every 15 seconds! However in 2013, there were an estimated 1,928,465 burglaries, a decrease of 8.6 % when compared with 2012 data.
This national decrease of burglary could be due to a number of reasons:
- People are more aware of the threat of burglary
- More Americans are investing in home security systems
- Home security is more efficient, affordable and accessible than ever before
- Property crimes are tied to the economy – which has improved
- Police department staffing is directly related to the economy
- Society has become more and more civil as a whole
According to the report, the number of burglaries overall nationally has decreased. However, many major cities have a rate of burglary that is much higher than the national average.
Burglary: What’s Taken and How?
The FBI categorizes burglary in a few different areas. We found the method of entry interesting. By subcategory, 59.2 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry, 34.3 percent were unlawful entries, and 6.4 percent were attempted forcible entry. A monitored home security system from Protect America can greatly reduce your risk of burglary!
Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.5 billion in property losses in 2013; overall, when the average value is applied to the estimated number of larceny-thefts. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,322. Cash, jewelry and precious metals were still the most popular items stolen. However, we have seen an increase in portable consumer electronics such as tablets and iPads being stolen. These items are a popular target and an increasingly common fixture in the modern American home. Their high value and ease-of-concealment may be a factor in the higher cost homeowners face when victimized. Protect America reminds homeowners that many burglaries are crimes of opportunity and to never leave doors or windows unlocked, even for 5 minutes.
Consider a home security system if you do not already own one. Protect America offers the most affordable security in the industry. With each package catering to a different price point, no matter what your needs are – we can help you today!