Home break-ins happen more often in the United States than we would like to think. Many think a big dog or a sign stating “beware of dog” will be enough to keep intruders out. But in most cases, criminals see those signs and don’t think of the dog as a threat. These burglary statistics will give you insight into the scope of burglaries in the United States.
When Do Homes Get Broken Into?
1. A home break-in happens in the United States every 15 seconds.
2. Burglaries are most likely to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Think about it, it’s easier to break into a home when criminals don’t have to worry about running into someone. This time in the middle of the day is when most people are away from home because of either work or school.
3. The average burglar spends 8-12 minutes in a home.
What Is a Burglar Looking For?
4. The master bedroom is the first room targeted by burglars. To prevent your most valuable goods from being stolen, try putting items such as jewelry, money or prized possessions in another room of the house.
5. The most common entry point for a burglar is the front door. Before you leave your house in the morning as you rush to work or a fun social outing, remember to double-check that the front door is locked and windows are shut.
6. The average burglar lives within 2 miles of the victim.
What Would a Criminal Steal in Your Home?
7. In 2016, victims of burglary lost an estimated total of $3.6 billion dollars. That is an approximate loss of $2,361 per burglary victim.
8. Cash, electronics, jewelry, and guns are the most commonly stolen items.
What About the Crime in Your Neighborhood?
9. Homes without security systems are 3x more likely to be broken into. Think about investing in a home security system they work as advertised and as a deterrent.
10. 6 of the 10 cities with the highest burglary rate in the U.S. are in the Southeast.
How To Protect Your Home From A Break-In
Use common sense when protecting your home from crime. Keep windows, garage doors, and front doors locked when you’re away. If you’ve been neglecting to tend to your yard, it might be a good idea to take clippers to overgrown bushes and hedges or other areas around the home. Criminals look for landscapes that aren’t tended to because they help reduce their visibility from the street when breaking into a home.
Consider a monitored security system to watch your home when you can’t. There’s nothing like peace of mind knowing that when you leave your house for the day, someone else is watching to make sure criminals will be caught in the event of a break-in.