By Trident Shield
February 16, 2018
Statistics on Burglaries
With the advent of electronic security systems, superior lock technologies, reinforced glass, and community measures such as neighborhood watches, residential burglaries have been in steady decline since the 1960’s. In spite of these dwindling numbers, there were still an estimated 1.5 million burglaries in the US in 2016, with an estimated $3.6 billion in property losses. Residential burglaries accounted for 69.5 percent of the total, with an average dollar loss of $2,361.
When thinking about how to prevent an occurrence in your home, there are a few other interesting statistics. A home without a security system is three times more likely to be broken into than a home with a security system. Almost 50% of burglaries occur during the day, between 10am and 3pm when most people are away at work or school. Almost 34% of burglars enter through the front door! They will ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home, then just walk in if you have left your door unlocked.
Hard to Solve
Typically, burglaries are hard to solve. Only 13.6% result in an arrest, and most of those do not end up with recovered property. The majority of break-ins are committed by someone who lives within two miles of the target home. That makes it easy for them to observe daily routines, or check for signs that you are away.
With all this in mind, there are things you can do to make it harder for your average thief to make you a victim:
- Install a quality security system, that includes indoor and outdoor cameras.
- Don’t leave boxes from expensive items out by the curb for long periods. Put them out on trash day.
- Leave exterior and interior lights on when you are away.
- Lock your doors and windows! Put wooden or steel dowels into sliding glass doors.
- Don’t leave a spare key outside- give it to a trusted neighbor instead.
- Don’t let mail and/ or newspapers stack up while you are away.
- Lock your garage! Don’t give thieves access to tools they can use to break into your house.