Home Burglary Infographic

At Safe Sound Family, we put together the following infographic on home burglary, called “Hide Yo’ Kids, Hide Yo’ Wife (and Hide Your Husband Too).” The graphic takes a look at some statistics behind home burglaries across the United States, including how often a home burglary occurs, which cities are the most burglarized, how thieves break into your house and how to stop them.

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HIDE YO’ KIDS HIDE YO WIFE

 

A BURGALARY OCCURS APPROXIMATELY EVERY 14.4 SECONDS IN THE U.S.

bur.galary noun \ ‘ber-gle-re : the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

HOMES IN THE SUBURBS ARE 1.5X MORE LIKELY TO BE BURGLARRISED THEN URBANS AREAS.

A HOME THAT DOSEN’T HAVE A SECURITY SYSTEM IS 2-3X MORE LIKELY TO BE BROKEN INTO.

MOST BURGALARIZED CITIES (per capita):

  1. Pine Bluff, AR – 1988
  2. Santé Fe, NM – 1967
  3. Fayetteville, NC – 1964
  4. Hot Springs, AR – 1817
  5. Lawton, OR – 1663
  6. Toledo, OH -1580
  7. Flint, MI – 1571
  8. Mobile, AL – 1481
  9. Little Rock, AR – 1470
  10. Monroe, LA – 1466

THE HIGHEST BURGALARY RATE TIME OF DAY ARE BETWEEN 9AM-3PM, WHEN NO ONE IS SUSPECTED TO BE AT HOME.

65% OF RESEDENTIAL BURGALARIES OCCURS DURING THE DAY.

35% OF RESEDENTIAL BURGALARIES OCCURS AT NIGHT TIME.

CASING A HOUSE:

WHAT A THIEF IS LOOKING FOR?

HOME THAT LOOK LIKE NO ONE WILL RETURN SOON:

no lights on, mail in mailbox, newspaper left in the driveway

PLACE TO HIDE:

Tall thick trees and shrubbery near the house, privacy fence.

SECURITY (OR LACK THEREOF):

Alarm signs in yard, video/surveillance cameras/

Only about 14% of homes in the U.S. have security systems.

A WAY IN:

Ways burglars gain entry:

Front door: 34%

1st floor window : 23%

Back door: 22%

Garage: 9%

Other 1st floor entrance: 6%

Basement and 2nd floor entrance: remaining

33% OF ALL BURGLARIES ARE FROM UNLAWFUL ENTRY

(BURGLAR DIDN’T HAVE TO USE FORCE TO GAIN ENTRY)

ROOM PRIORITIES FOR THEFT

  1. MASTER BEDROOM
  2. OFFICE
  3. DEN
  4. FORMAL ROOMS

BURGLAR AVERAGE 8-12 MINUTES IN THE HOME.

POPULAR LOOT: PRICEY YET PORTALBLE

  1. JEWELRY
  2. CASH
  3. GUNS
  4. ELECTRONICS
  5. OFFICE EQUIPMENT
  6. HOUSHOLD GOODS
  7. TOOLS AND BUIDLING SUPPLIES
  8. YOUR IDENTITY

POLICE ONLE RECOVERED AROUND 15% OF THE PROPERTY STOLEN FROM BURGLARIES

NOTE: CHECK CRAIGLIST AND PAWN SHOPS.

AMERICA BURGLARY VICTIMS LOST $4.8 BILLION IN LOST PROPERTY IN 2011

AN AVERAGE OF $2185 PER VICTIM.

PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM BURGLARY

  1. GET A SECURITY ALRAM
  2. DEADBOLT LOCKS ON ALL DOORS
  3. BIG REFLECTIVE ADDRESS NUMBER (make your house easy for the authorities to locate in an emergency)
  4. NEVER PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR MAILBOX (burglar can use your name and address to convince your neighbor they know you and/or locate your phone number to call and see if you’re at home)
  5. KEEP POINT OF ENTRY WELL LIT (consider motion sensor lights)
  6. SPARE KEY (don’t leave spare key under the mat. Leave it with a trusted neighbor instead.)

FIDO

A barking dog is a good deterrent, but isn’t sufficient on its own.

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM THEFT.

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Sources:

  • http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/ittakesathief/ittakesathief.html
  • http://simplisafe.com/blog/home-security-top-10-common-stolen-items-from-a-burglar
  • http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/property-crime/burglary
  • http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/security/10-ways-to-break-into-a-house.htm