“The numbers never lie.” This phrase is most common in the sports world where statistics are critically analyzed, but in the world of home security and burglaries, the numbers matter just as much.
Numbers show us trends. They tell us what we should be looking for, what the likelihood of certain events are, and oftentimes numbers shed lights on information we never knew.
Burglaries are complicated events. Some are crimes of opportunity—a burglar simply saw an opening—while others are planned and calculated events. Regardless of the case, prevention is always the same, but we need to see the numbers to know what we’re protecting against.
1. Over $12 Billion Worth of Stolen Property in 2015
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, over $12 billion worth of property was stolen in 2015 alone. This property included jewelry, motor vehicles, electronics, firearms, and other every-day and luxury items.
These stolen items are often resold online or at pawn shops, vehicles are stripped of their parts, and some items even make their way to the black market.
2. Every 18 Seconds a Burglary Occurs
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report also reports that a burglary occurs in the United States every 18 seconds. At that rate, we can can calculate that 4,800 burglaries occur every single day. If 4,800 burglars occur a day, that amounts to roughly 175,200 burglaries a year.
With so many burglaries occurring, it’s no wonder these criminals get away with over $12 billion worth of property. Such a high frequency of burglaries means even more reason to arm yourself with a security system and avoided joining those statistics.
3. 60% of Burglars Look for a Different Home if a Security System is Present
There likely may not be a stat that shows the importance of a home security system more than this one. If a burglar simply sees that a security system is present at a property, he is 60% more likely to avoid that home entirely.
This comes from a study that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology conducted. Burglars were interviewed and admitted that they would look for another home if security was present.
So remember, don’t just have home security equipment. Advertise it! Have signs, window decals, and place cameras in visible locations.
4. 34% of Burglars Use the Front Door
This statistic may come as a surprise. It seems logical to assume that burglars would avoid the most likely door to get into a home, but on the contrary, burglars enter the front door more than any other.
Front door entrances are either crimes of opportunity, or burglars force their way through. This can be countered by making sure that your security system is advertised, and by placing a camera that looks directly at the front door. A camera will deter even the bravest burglar, and if he does attempt entry, you’ll be able to capture footage.
5. Someone is Home During Three Out of Ten Burglaries
Burglaries are traumatizing events. Many emotions are felt after an event occurs, and to make matters worse, in three out of ten burglaries, a family member is actually home. This accounts for 28% of all burglaries, and in 7% of these instances, a violent crime occurs.
This is a stark reminder of the importance of arming a home security system at all times, even when you are home. Never assume that you can keep the home unarmed for even a few minutes.
Remember, burglars tend to strike during the day. Their preferred time is from 10 a.m. to 4.pm., so if you have family members that are home during the day, make sure they have armed their security systems.
6. Only 13.6% of Burglaries Result in Arrests
For those that assume home security isn’t needed because law enforcement will solve any case and retrieve any lost property, this is an eye-opening statistic. Real-life doesn’t work out like the movies, and police departments don’t have the ability to solve any case at will.
While this may be a discouraging stat, it should be looked at as an encouraging number, because this means control is back in your hands.
By installing a home security system, you eliminate any after the facts attempt to solve the situation, because you’ll prevent the burglary in the first place. Your monitored system will not only alert you, the monitoring station, and the police of an event, but in most cases, it will scare off a burglar entirely.