In the United States, a burglary occurs once every eighteen seconds. Think about it…that’s almost 200 per hours and roughly 4,800 each day! That’s a slightly terrifying statistic if you let it sink in a while. These figures serve to highlight the cold hard fact that burglary is a very real crime and you best be aware of it for your personal well being. On the bright side, the more you know about burglary, the better you can protect your home and your family.
Here are ten marquee facts about burglary – with a few preemptive tips – that those who are concerned about home security should definitely take to heart.
1.) Home Security Systems Deter Burglars
According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, roughly 1 in 10 (60%) of convicted burglars admit that the very presence of a home security system was enough to convince them to skip said house and move onto the next.
Tip: Invest in a home security system and reduce the odds of becoming a victim of burglary! Make it known that your home is protected by placing yard signs along the perimeter of your property and bold window stickers near primary points of entry. This alerts potential intruders to your professionally monitored security system.
2.) Prime Time for Burglaries is 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Forget everything you’ve ever heard about burglars snooping around at night. The vast majority of burglaries occur during the day when most people are at work or school and the chances of being caught in the act are much lower than when everyone is home.
Tip: Load up on motion activated home security cameras both in and outside of your home! This way you can check in on things even if your on the other side of the globe.
3.) Most burglaries are local jobs
Most burglars stick to within two miles of their personal residence. The close proximity to their target homes makes it easy for them to do their homework and learn the habits of those who reside in their target homes. Telltale signs that a home is vacant include excessive flyers or newspapers piling up on your doorstep, a less than well-manicured lawn, and stray trash receptacles left on the curb well past garbage pickup day.
Tip: Avoid falling victim to a monotenous routine. Mix things up and make your arrival and departure habits as sporadic as possible.
4.) All it takes is 4 minutes
Yes, you read that correctly. All it takes for a burglar to do their thing is 4 minutes. Burglars look for easy targets that make for an easy-in & easy-out operation. The vast majority of burglars follow a very simple script: break-in, seize what they want, and get out of dodge before anyone notices.
Tip: Enhance your home’s defenses and invest in a home security system, make sure to keep all entry ways (doors & windows) closed and locked when you’re not home and fork over a few dollar for a rock solid front door.
5.) Roughly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked entryway
This may come as a slight shock, but many burglars attain access to a home via an unlocked window or door – this is especially true of first-floor windows and doors.
Tip: Lock your doors and windows when you’re not home!