What is the first thing that you think of when you think of crime? Do you think of property crime? Turns out, 77% of all crimes are property crime and home invasions. If you have a home, learning about crime statistics is the best way to become more educated on how to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- 88% of all burglaries are in residential areas.
- 3 out of 4 homes in the United States will be broken into within the next 20 years.
- There are approximately 2.3 to 2.6 million robberies in the United States every year.
- There is one burglary every 13 seconds in 2019 compared to 16 seconds just a few years ago.
- 41% of burglars reported that the robbery was an impulsive decision based on an opportunity that presented itself.
- July is reported as the month with the highest burglary rate, due to people traveling and leaving their home for summer vacation.
- February is reported as the month with the lowest burglary rate, due to the weather and snow.
- 65% of burglars happened between 6 AM to 6 PM while residents were at work or school. Most of these occurrences are between 10 AM to 3 PM.
- Burglaries take only about 8 to 10 minutes.
- 65% of burglars know the owner of the home through at least some loose connection while 27.5% were strangers.
- Majority of burglars look for small, high-value items like jewelry or electronics that can be sold quickly for profit.
- Burglars are most likely to be male and under 25 years old.
- The most common tool used for breaking into a home include pry bars, screwdrivers, and small hammers.
- 51% of homes suffered from a repeated burglary within a month after the initial offense, so it's highly likely burglars will go to the same house or one close by in that neighborhood.
Home Security Statistics:
- Homes that don't have a security system installed are 300% more likely to be broken into.
- 95% of home invasions require some sort of forceful entry, so locked doors and windows do not necessarily deter burglars.
- 34% burglars enter through the front door, 23% enter through a first floor window and 22% of burglars break in through a back door.
- Renters are more likely to be robbed than homeowners.
Knowing this information, how can we move forward in regard to protecting our home? Our biggest suggestion is investing in a home security camera system. The Wireless Video Doorbell is great to help protecting your front door with 180° field of view to capture everything from the ground, including those packages on your doorstep. For your surrounding areas, the Wireless Outdoor Camera is a wire-free camera, sending instant notifications to your phone whenever motion is detected so you're alert what is happening whenever you through the Toucan app on your phone. With night vision on both of these cameras, you can stay alert what is happening at night and during the day to help protect your home from break ins.
Educating yourself on other home security tips are important as well, check out this blog with more home security tips that you can change today and home security mistakes you might be making in your own home.