Burglary Statistics

How fast can a burglary happen?
Where do they come from?
What is the average amount that a family can lose when their home is burglarized?
The answer to these questions may surprise you.

10 Minutes or Less
-The average burglary happens in 10 minutes or less. Now while this may sound like a movie fact, it is actually true. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets where they can get in and out quickly without getting caught. Burglars usually head for your master bedroom first where they can get to your most valuable items such as jewelry, tablets, and money. From there they scour the rest of the house as quickly as possible snatching up whatever they can that has value.

-How can I slow them down or prevent a break-in?
Get a home security system and make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked and your alarm system is set. Most burglars will leave if they find an alarm system in place.

Where do Burglars come from?
The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby, and may even be in your neighborhood. Because they live close by, it’s easier for them to learn your daily schedule, see who comes in and out of your house, and plan appropriately for when they decide to break in.

-How can I stop them if they live nearby?
If you’re leaving for a vacation, make sure you have someone to watch your home while you’re gone. If you have papers of fliers piling up on your front lawn, clear them so that the burglar thinks you may still be home.

How much could I lose if a Burglar gets in?
-The average amount a family loses in a burglary can be as much as $2300! This is a staggering amount but it doesn’t even account for the emotional costs that come from losing priceless items. To further this number, the vast majority of home burglaries go unsolved, only 13.6% of burglary cases result in arrests. This means that if someone breaks into your home and steals your valuables, it’s unlikely that they will be caught and prosecuted.

How can I prevent my home from being burglarized?
-Get a home security system. Most burglars will choose another target when the home they are attempting to break into has cameras, an alarm, or other security methods. The cost of a security system is far cheaper than the cost of any home break-in, and provides your family with a peace-of-mind knowing that in the event of a burglary situation, the security system will be there to protect you and your loved ones.

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