As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. Do you know what factors make you more vulnerable to burglary? Read on to learn surprising home security facts that can help you better protect your home:
1. In 30% of burglaries, thieves gain entry through unlocked doors or windows.
In many cases, the burglar simply walks through the front door, gaining access to the house in a way that does not catch the attention of people passing by. The simple act of locking all doors and windows in your home can provide a great deal of protection.
2. The greatest percentage of burglaries happen during the summer months.
People travel more often in the summer. And, as noted above, those doors and windows left open for ventilation also provide easy access for people with bad intentions. If you like to leave windows open for fresh air, be sure to close and lock them before you leave.
3. Renters are just as likely as home owners to be the victims of burglaries.
Renters are less likely to have home security systems, which leaves them vulnerable. Also, people who live in apartments often have complex personnel on-site who have easy access to their homes. If you rent, keep valuables hidden away to reduce your risk of being robbed.
4. In the US, a home is broken into every 13 seconds.
There are over 2 million residential burglaries every year. On average, they cost a victim over $2,000 in lost items. Between an individual’s losses and the cost of prosecution and housing convicted burglars in prisons, the average robbery has a cost of almost $20,000.
5. Just 17% of houses in the US have security systems.
Two-thirds of burglaries are in homes that do not have security systems. Thieves will case a prospective mark in advance and security is one of the things that they look for. A security system costs far less than the average robbery and also provides significant peace of mind.
6. Two-thirds of burglaries occur during the day.
There are a lot of advantages to daytime break-ins. People can usually be depended on to be out of the house for hours at a time, so thieves can take their time. They can use natural light, or turn on electric lights without raising suspicion. And, people don’t find it unusual to see activity in a neighbor’s house during the day.
7. Bedrooms are more of the most commonly hit rooms.
Thieves will look in bedrooms for jewelry, safes and electronics. One reformed thief provided an interesting tip in an interview: he said that he was unlikely to go into children’s rooms, which can make them a better place to hide jewelry when you are away from home.
8. Only 13% of burglaries are ever solved.
Most burglars are not career criminals; they commit a few robberies and then move on. Because of this and other factors, burglaries are rarely ever solved and most victims never get back their personal possessions.
Knowing what to look for can make it easier to keep your family safe. By cultivating awareness of what makes a home vulnerable and the most common burglary risks, you can protect your possessions and your home.