Are you doing enough to keep your family safe? Break-ins happen every 14.6 seconds in the United States. If you think your home does not need a home alarm system, think again.
How much do you know about break-ins? Here are some statistics that might surprise you:
- Over 2,000,000 burglaries happen in the U.S. each year
- Burglaries typically occur between 10 am and 3 pm
- Residential burglaries account for 74% of all burglaries
- Homes without home alarm systems are three times as likely to get broken into
- Over $2,000 is lost on average each burglary
Who Are Burglars?
It is easy to picture experienced thieves breaking into your home and loading your valuables into a nondescript white van. In reality, you have probably seen a burglar without realizing, and may even know one. Most residential burglars are male teenagers. These kids most likely live within a few miles of your home. They may or may not have their own transportation. Teenagers steal for a variety of reasons. Teens steal to rebel, for the adrenaline rush, because of trouble at home, and just to get money. No matter the reason, you are the one who suffers from the crime.
What Are Burglars Most Likely To Steal?
Burglars want to spend as little time in your home as possible. The average burglary takes 8 to 12 minutes. This means that burglars want to find the most valuable things in your home as quickly as they can to make it worth the risk. These items must be easy to sell and easy to remove from your home. What are they after?
Burglars look for these items and other items that have resale value. Some even vandalize your home before they leave, destroying the possessions that they do not take.
How Do Burglars Know Where To Look For Valuables?
People are predictable. The first place a burglar will look for valuables is the master bedroom. You probably keep your jewelry, cash and guns in this room. Parents keep these items out of reach of their children by placing them in their bedroom. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for thieves to find them.
The three most popular hiding places for valuables are dresser drawers, bedroom closets, and freezers. These are the first places criminals will look. Where do you hide your valuables?
How Do Burglars Get Inside?
Burglars take the path of least resistance. Only 2% attempt to penetrate your home via the second floor. Most get in the same way you do.
- 34% use the front door
- 23% use first floor windows
- 22% use the back door
- 9% use the garage
- 6% use side entrances and storage areas
- 4% use the basement
It is easy to forget to lock a door. Standard doors are easy to kick in even if they are locked. Window are made of glass. Glass is easily shattered and screens removed. Luckily, there is a simple way to prevent burglars from entering your home.