Most burglaries occur in broad daylight, when most of us are at work or running errands. This window of time helps burglars avoid any interference from you or neighbors.
Most burglaries occur during the summer months. Why? Warm weather means vacations and houses left vacant for extended periods of time, and open windows serve as an enticing invitation.
Burglars look for signs that a home will be a quick, easy target. These include: no visible security system, tall hedges for hiding, and signs of vacancy (piled newspapers, lights off).
When you weigh cost of a home security system against the monetary and emotional cost of a burglary, there’s no comparison! Property crimes in 2015 resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion.
13 appears to be the unlucky number – every 13 seconds, a home is broken into, and police solve only 13% of reported cases. If your home is broken into, the chances of recovering your property or police catching the burglar are small!
Burglars often scope out homes well in advance to evaluate your habits, and their chances of success. The most appealing homes offer good hiding places (poor exterior lighting, tall shrubbery), and are located on the outskirts of neighborhoods, which means lower chance of involvement from neighbors.
Most burglars aren’t as discreet as we expect them to be. Burglars know exactly where to look for “hidden” spare keys, and often gain entry through an unlocked door or with simply a strong kick! The weakest point is usually the lock strike plate so it pays to upgrade to a heavy-duty door.
It’s best to set your lights on a timer when you leave for an extended period of time. For a burglar, lights on 24/7 is a clear sign you’re not home and may lead to a potential break in.
If you’re home, make it known! Burglars may be just as surprised to see you as you are to see them. Stay safe by turning lights on, turn on the TV or play music, and open your blinds.
Burglary is more common than you think! In fact, property crime is the most common crime in the United States.