What Are The Chances Of Your House Being Robbed?
According to the new FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, property crime rates including arson, larceny and theft of motor vehicles have decreased dramatically in recent years. Although today's burglary figures indicate an overall decrease in burglary levels, thousands of homes (around 325,000) still break into each year–sometimes in plain view, during the daytime. In reality, property crimes contributed to losses estimated at $14.3 billion in 2015.
There are around 2.5 million burglaries a year, of which 66 percent are home break-ins.
For lack of a witness or physical evidence, police solve just 13 per cent of recorded burglary cases.
So when do these burglaries occur and how? Let’s take a look:
- A report from the United States Department of Justice showed that burglary rates were on average highest in the summer from 1993 to 2010, with approximately 9 percent lower rates in spring, 6 percent lower in fall and 11 percent lower in winter.
- Night break-ins have a record 1,324,090 burglaries. The darkness offers protection to intruders but also ensures that people are more likely to be asleep.
- Snow and cold are a major deterrent, too. In the month of February the lowest amount of burglaries occur.
- There are 1,495,790 daytime burglaries. Break ins were 6 percent more likely to occur between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during daytime, when people are at work or running errands.
- Ninety-five percent of all home invasions require some kind of strong entry, be it smashing a window, picking a lock, or kicking in a door.
- Burglars are particularly drawn to homes that do not have home protection systems, but a system is in place for just 17 percent of homes.
- Homes with no security system are more likely to be burglarized by 300 percent.
- Pry bars, pliers, screwdrivers, and little hammers are the most common instruments used to break in. All tools are easily concealed and very common, making them more difficult to track.
- 83 percent admitted that they were searching primarily to see if an alarm existed; 60 percent would change their minds if one were mounted.
- Most spend time considering factors such as traffic proximity and potential escape routes; 12 percent admitted planning ahead of time while 41 percent said it was an impulsive decision.
- 27.6 percent of the time a person is home when a robbery is taking place; 26 percent of those people are injured at home. This means that 7.2 percent of burglaries end in injuries to others.
It's not shocking that burglars usually avoid a house when it's too complicated or too dangerous. Here are some of what you can do to protect your home:
- You can add cameras for protection and make sure they are available. When you just want to use them for intimidation, you can even buy dummy cameras.
- If you are on vacation, leave a key and alarm code with a trusted neighbor who is normally home when you're not so that if anything happens they can help.
- Hook timers right up to your TVs and lights. The same applies to outside lights-keeping them on a timer or putting them on sensors that are activated by motion.
- Only the existence of an alarm device will help to rethink a possible burglar. That is why surveillance systems give you a sign for placing the robbers in your yard to warn them.
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