In 2017, approximately 1,401,840 burglaries were committed in the United States, leading to an estimated 3.4 billion dollars in property loss. While these numbers are alarming (pun intended), there is some good news: the more informed you are, the more equipped you’ll be to prevent a burglary from happening to you and your loved ones. The stats/facts below should give you some insight into when burglaries happen, what burglars are after, and even how you can encourage a burglar to pass your house by. Let’s dive in.
1. Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries don’t happen at night.
While many movies and television shows depict burglars shining bright lights into windows in the middle of the night, most break-ins actually occur during the day, specifically between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Houses are most likely to be unoccupied during these hours of the day and loud noises such as a window being broken or a door being kicked in are less likely to draw attention.
2. The car, television, and radio are more likely to prevent a burglary than Fido.
There is some debate on whether or not burglars are spooked by the presence of dogs. Many surveys claim burglars avoid houses with big, athletic dog breeds, while others claim small dogs that make a lot of noise are better for the job. Regardless, we can all agree that having a dog around makes you a less likely target. There are, however, a few other ways you can deter burglars that don’t involve quite as much maintenance as a pup does.
A survey performed by KTVB television station asked 86 prison inmates if they would break into a house if they heard a radio or TV on inside the home. Most respondents gave a strong no, stating that this would lead them to believe the house was occupied. Inmates were also asked if a car in the driveway would stop them from burglarizing a home, and almost all of the respondents said they would certainly think twice.
3. Most burglars enter through the front door.
It might seem crazy, but roughly 34% of burglars gain access to the home through the front door. In many cases, burglars will actually knock on the front door to make sure no one is home before proceeding with a break-in. Another 23% of burglars enter through a first-floor window and 30% of all burglaries occur through an open or unlocked door or window.
The takeaway? Something as simple as making sure your windows and doors are locked can be huge in preventing theft. And if you want to take it a step further, many home alarm systems include motion detectors and glass-break detectors that will alert you when a window or door is opened or when a window is broken.
4. The average burglary only takes 8-12 minutes.
When you picture a home invasion, you might imagine a cartoonish image of a few big men carrying away your television or refrigerator, but this isn’t how most burglaries work. Burglars tend to search for cash, prescription drugs, jewelry, electronics, and credit cards. They grab what they can as quickly as they can and get out.
Keeping your valuables locked up or out of site is always a great safety precaution to take when you’re away for a few days — even if someone does get into your house, they may be pressured to leave before finding anything of high value.
5. Burglaries result in an average loss of $2,416.
Bouncing off of our last statistic, in just 8-12 minutes a burglar can steal $2,416 worth of valuables. This seems absurd but do the math. A laptop, gaming system, smartwatch, and a handful of jewelry easily add up to this much and maybe more. And these are items that are commonly found out in the open or even on display. When we consider these items, it isn’t too hard to imagine how victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated 3.4 billion in property loss in 2017.
6. Only 13.6% of Burglaries result in arrest.
Shows like Law and Order and Criminal Minds have led us to believe that anytime there is a crime scene, forensics is right around the corner waiting to comb the place for a stray hair or piece of skin. But this just isn’t true. In most cases, there is little physical evidence to go on and a lack of eyewitnesses usually leads to the case being closed without a conviction.
Thankfully, a simple video surveillance system can deter thieves and contribute to a conviction if a break-in does occur. Here at Supreme, we offer Video Verification through our SupremeVerify program, so you know someone is always looking after your home.
7. Home security systems work.
This fact isn’t exactly surprising, but it is good to know regardless. In a study performed by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 60% of respondents indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Another survey reported that most intruders said they would leave immediately if a security alarm went off with one respondent saying: “I would try and turn it off or get the hell out of there.”
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