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When do burglaries occur?
- There are 1,495,790 burglaries during the day. Break ins are 6% more likely to occur during the day between 6am and 6pm while people are at work or running errands.
- There are 1,324,090 burglaries during the night. The cover of night brings security for intruders but also means people are more likely be home.
- Snow and cold are also a significant deterrent. The lowest amount of burglaries happen in the month of February.
- A report from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that from 1993 to 2010, on average, burglary rates were highest in the summer, with about 9% lower rates in spring, 6% lower in fall, and 11% lower in winter.
How do they break in?
- Burglars are most attracted to homes that do not have a home security system, but only 17% of houses have a system in place.
- Homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized.
- 95% of all home invasions require some sort of forceful entry, be that breaking a window, picking a lock, or kicking in a door.
- The most common tools used for breaking in are pry bars, pliers, screwdrivers, and little hammers. All easily concealed and very common tools, making them harder to trace.
Who’s breaking in?
- Burglars are most likely to be male and under 25 years old.
- 85% of break ins are by amateurs and done out of desperation, which some might suggest makes them more dangerous.
- Most spend time considering factors like proximity to traffic and possible escape routes; 12% admitted to planning in advance while 41% said it was an impulsive decision.
- 83% admitted that they specifically look to see if there’s an alarm; 60% would change their mind if there was one installed.
What are my protection options?
- Make your house less appealing by removing overgrown brush or other structures that can provide cover.
- Get metal doors or at least solid core wood on exterior entrances. Pair with a beefy deadbolt for good measure.
- To go the extra mile, install a heavy duty strike plate with screws that go deep into the frame.
- Add a dowel or board into the track of sliding doors or windows. This prevents it from moving, even if it’s unlocked.
- Add security cameras and make sure they are visible. You can even buy dummy cameras if you only want to use them for deterrence.
- If you’re keeping a window open, make sure it isn’t more than 4 inches wide.
- Keep the entryway or porch locked, too. An open porch provides cover for those breaking into the main door.
- If someone you don’t know knocks on the door be loud – make your presence known.
- If you choose to answer the door, do so while on the phone with a friend or pretend you’re on the phone. This tells the potential burglar that someone will know if there’s a break in.
- If you’re sure a burglary is in progress, call 911 and shout loud statements like, “Honey – get the gun!” When they know you’re aware and have self-defense measures in place they are much less likely to follow through. For elderly residents who live alone, medical alert bracelets can usually alert the police as well.
- If you’ve just moved in, make sure you change the locks on all exterior doors to be safe.
- Get to know your neighbors. They’re your first line of defense – you watch their house, they watch yours.