Most of us believe we know enough about burglaries: Someone in dark clothes and a ski mask breaks in your home in the middle of the night and takes your television, right? Wrong. Technically, burglary is defined as the unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry into a residence. Usually, but not always, this crime involves theft. Mind. Blown. Right?
The surprising facts don’t stop there. Here is our myth dispelling list of important burglary facts everyone should know.
- Most burglaries could have been prevented. In fact, 87% of them could have been avoided with simple acts such as locking a door or window.
- Burglars choose the front door as the preferred point of entry.
- One in three burglars enter through unlocked doors or windows.
- Most (95%) burglars are male.
- Typically, burglars are 25 years old or younger.
- Burglars are surprisingly local. Most live within 2 miles of the victims and they likely have met before.
- A burglary happens every 15 seconds somewhere in the United States.
- The average burglary lasts between 90 seconds to 12 minutes.
- The arrest rate for burglary is 13%.
- The average loss per burglary is substantial at $2,230.
- Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries happen in the daytime while residents are at work and when they can pose a visitor or service provider without drawing attention.
- Detached-single family detached homes are most vulnerable to theft, providing the most entry points and cover.
- Homes in the middle of the block are more vulnerable to burglary than ones on corners.
- Most burglars check social media and use Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare as a tool to target homes.
- Burglars evaluate the home and age of the residents to plan whet to look for before striking. Young people might have more electronics while an older person might have more prescription drugs, both of which are easily and quickly sold.
- Incredibly, only 17% of homes have home security systems.
- When convicted burglars were polled, 60% said they would avoid a home with a security system in place.
- Possessions can be replaced but most victims feel traumatized as a result of a burglary for a long time to come.
Burglars steal much more than your property. They take the feeling of being safe within your own four walls and the peace of mind that comes with that. At Complete Security Systems, we treat our clients like family and want to help them employ the most reliable tools available to protect their homes and family. If you have questions about how to implement some of the many advanced security technologies, call Complete Security today.