Did you know that a burglary takes place every 18 seconds in the United States? If you take a closer look at the numbers, that means nearly 200 burglaries happen across the country every hour, totaling nearly 2,800 incidents each day. If you think a burglary could never happen to you, these alarming stats should make you think otherwise.
To encourage you to keep home security top of mind, here are 7 stats that you need to know about home burglaries:
1. Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.
With a slew of homes to choose from that aren't protected by a home security service, burglars generally prefer home without alarm systems than to deal with those that do. With this being said, if you have a home security system, make this extremely visible with the use of yard signs and stickers around your entire property.
2. Most break-ins occur in broad daylight between 10am and 3pm.
Most people are either at school or work during these hours, and burglars take advantage of this. A very effective deterrent for burglaries is to install motion-sensored cameras around your property, which can allow you to check on your property throughout the day from your smartphone and alert you if any suspicious characters are on your property.
3. Most burglars live within 2 miles of a victim's home.
Because many burglars live nearby to the homes that they target, they can get familiar with a homeowner's daily schedule and strike at the optimal time. A home security best practice is to vary your routine from day to day so that your schedule does not become too predictable.
4. Most burglaries happen in less than 10 minutes.
Burglars are looking for easy targets--homes that can be entered quickly without anyone noticing. Having valuables in places easy for anyone passing by your home to see (a visible flat screen hanging on the wall near a window, for instance) can make it easy for burglars to quickly grab what they want from your home.
In addition to installing a home security system, make a habit of always keeping your doors locked and consider replacing your front door with a high-quality version that is difficult for intruders to kick-in.
5. Nearly 30 percent of burglaries happen through unlocked doors or windows.
If you're not locking your doors (even when you're home), you are leaving low hanging fruit for the burglar's taking. Many homeowners aren't even aware if all of the windows in their home are locked, so make a point to regularly take an inventory of this.
6. Most burglars head straight to the master bedroom upon entering a home.
This is because burglars know that most homeowners store their most valuable possessions (jewelry, purses, cash, etc) in the master bedroom, often unguarded and out in the open. Considering this, securely store your valuables in unlikely locations throughout your home.
7. About a third of the time, someone is home when a burglary takes place.
Having your property broken into when you're not at home is frightening enough. However, imagine if you or your loved ones were home when a burglary took place? This is the harsh reality for three out of every ten burglaries. Considering this, make a point to keep your security system armed, even when you're inside your home.
Using a home security system is one of the best ways to safeguard your home from burglaries. Please contact us at J&J Security Services to learn more about best practices to keep your family and home safe.