Home security is always changing, so it’s essential to stay updated to have the latest knowledge to learn the best ways to navigate your own personal home safety and security. While some home security statistics stay consistent, new issues like package theft and DIY home security camera burglaries, are changing every year with new technologies and new tactics. We’ve compiled the latest and recent burglary knowledge to get the best view of home security and safety knowledge.
Here are some key insights:
- 38% of people do not have a home security system (including wireless outdoor cameras, home alarm systems, smart locks etc.) installed in their home.
- 66% of the 2.5 million burglaries annually in the US – are home invasions
- Police solve only 13% of reported burglary cases
- Home that do not have a security system in place are 300% more likely to be broken into and invaded
- 83% of burglars check for the presence of an alarm or outdoor camera before attempting to break in.
- Approximately over 4500 home burglaries happen each day in the United States
65% of burglars know their victims.
Unfortunately for a lot of burglaries, the burglars won’t be just an unknown person lurking around your neighbors looking to strike. But it’s the people who know you, have you on social media or are someone connected to your family. Since they know you, they will have more access to know where you live and more importantly, know your schedule and know when you’re on vacation if you’re posting vacation pictures, and use this opportunity to strike on your empty home.
While it’s common to think that it burglaries occur at night or when you’re on vacation, which is true but 65% of burglaries are done during 6 am to 6 pm.
- Most common time is 10 am to 3 pm
- Burglaries rise by 10% from June to August, marking the summer as the most popular season for burglaries due to summer vacations.
- The least popular month is February due to the winter and weather restaurant.
- 3 out of 4 homes in the US will be a victim over the next 20 years
- 34% of burglars use the front door when breaking into a home (bureau of justice)
- It takes about 1 minute to enter each home.
- If they cannot find a quick opening, then they will use force through windows r doors to enter. Burglars only spend about 8 to 10 minutes in each home.
What can you do about this?
Install a Wireless Video Doorbell or Wireless Outdoor Camera
The best and more secure thing you can do for your home is to install an outdoor camera or doorbell camera around your home. Many burglars look around for clues to see if your home is secured including if you have a visible outdoor camera and/or a security camera sign/sticker to signal that your home is secured. If you are secured, 83% of burglars will most likely leave your property and not attempt at all.
Keep your doors locked at all times.
Over 17% of people still do not lock their doors more often than not. It’s easy to leave it open and convince yourself that you live in a safe area, but a small act can become8 a habit you might have to pay for later.
34% of burglars enter the home through the front door, due to it either it already being open or by force. Having a strong lock and a wireless doorbell camera to see when someone is approaching your door through your smartphone will help keep an eye over this area.
Monitor your home surroundings and neighborhood with a neighborhood watch.
Unfortunately, it’s common for burglaries to break into a house 2 to 3 times. If you had a burglary in your neighborhood or even your own home, it’s important to work with your neighbors to stay on high alert. If you have a wireless outdoor camera or wireless video doorbell, you should look through the footage every day to see if you get unsuspecting visitors or maybe any activity in your neighbor’s yard if there are cameras in that direction.
Forming a neighborhood watch to be able to connect more with your neighbors through a text message or email chain can be a great way for others to report if they’ve seen anything suspicious to keep an eye on or any security camera footage.
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