The Statistics and Stories Behind Holiday Burglaries

Every year around this time, horrific stories about holiday burglaries seem to bubble up to the surface. Common logic would make you think that burglaries occur more frequently during the Christmas season, as gifts and expensive items are left on display in living rooms across the nation, but what do the numbers say? Well, according to CNN Money, national burglaries peak during the summer, but they also significantly trend upwards in December.

California alone saw an 18% rise in burglaries in December of 2013, and there are multiple cities that experience the most burglaries per day during the two weeks surrounding Christmas. For example, CNN reports that Philadelphia saw 194 burglaries during the final two weeks of December in 2013, as opposed to an average of 143 burglaries for the preceding five months. And, according to the FBI, the average monetary loss associated with a Christmas-related burglary is more than $1,600. So, how can you prevent a burglary during the this holiday season? Well, a professionally installed home security system should do the trick.

The Statistics and Stories Behind Holiday Burglaries

What it boils down to is, you can’t put a price on your family’s safety. Investing in a home security system is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a homeowner, especially during the holidays. According to the Electronic Security Association, it’s estimated that 74% of uncompleted burglar intrusions can be credited to an audible alarm system. The most effective burglary deterrent during the holidays is a CCTV video surveillance system.

You can put your mind at ease when you leave your house full of gifts and know that you have reliable, state-of-the-art equipment watching over your family. A professionally installed video surveillance system will have a wide range of capabilities ranging from digital recording to remote viewing, both inside and outside of your home.

In fact, there have been many stories about video surveillance systems catching thieves stealing Christmas packages. We have summarized them below in order to best aid our readers.

CCTV Catches Burglars Swiping Gifts from Under Tree

According to Daily Mail, two burglars broke into a home and “wrecked cuddly toys, puzzles and games belonging to the victim’s baby as they ransacked the home.” CCTV footage revealed the burglar’s identities as it captured them searching under the tree for presents.

The video helped police catch the burglars, however the family would have been better off with a comprehensive security system that included burglar alarms and glassbreak sensors.

Alabama Family Recognizes Burglars From Security Footage

According to the NY Daily News, a return to the scene of the crime ended with a much different result for a group of Alabama thieves who were held at gunpoint by their victims until police arrived. Thanks to their surveillance system, the family was able to identify the burglars who stole their Christmas presents when the burglars drove past their house days after the crime was committed.

A television crew happened to be interviewing the family about the crime when the culprits drove past. The relatives noticed the car and followed them immediately, holding them at gunpoint until police arrived. This is another case where if this family would have also had an alarm system installed, they wouldn’t have had to take matters into their own hands.

Dallas Police Buy Presents for Christmas Burglary Victim

According to CBS 11, Dallas police surprised a burglary victim when they showed up with presents to replace the ones stolen from under the Christmas tree. The officers kind gesture was gratefully received by the victim, who returned home on a December night to find her window wide open and presents gone.

This serves as a practical reminder to always make sure that your windows are locked, especially during the holidays. Also, consider investing in a comprehensive alarm system with motion detection, glassbreak sensors and alarms. The facts say that your home is more vulnerable during the holiday season, and it would be a mistake to leave it unprotected.


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