According to crime statistic data released by the FBI, property crimes, including burglaries, annually result in losses worth $14.3 billion. The average dollar value for each stolen item reported stands at $1,190. This doesn’t even factor in the psychological costs and turmoil that break-ins and burglaries wreak on unsuspecting homeowners and their families.
How To Prevent Burglaries In Your Home
According to burglary prevention statistics, homeowners who have not installed home security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into or robbed. Chances of a home with security cameras, security placards, or yard signs being broken into are much lower, as 9 out of 10 robbers will move on to a home with less protection. As only 17% of homeowners install a security system, the burglars are sure to find an unguarded home somewhere in the vicinity.
30% of the total number of burglaries are not forced entries. In such cases, burglars enter your home through an unlocked or open entrance. Consequently, it is important to keep all your entry points locked and alarmed even when you are spending your day at home.
Most burglaries take place during the day as there are minimal chances that anyone would be home. Many burglaries are reported during the summer as most people are normally on holiday. In addition, there are higher chances of a burglar finding an open window or door in the summer than any other time of the year.
It’s also recommended to install a heavy-duty door with a deadbolt lock and mount an AMSA security camera facing the front door. This will allow you to observe your front door at any time and be aware of any unusual activity at your home’s primary entrance. A surprising 34% of robbers will get into your home through the front door. The front door is particularly appealing if the burglar can identify shrubs or vegetation that they can hide behind.
Burglaries are sometimes hard to solve. However, you can make things easier by installing home security solutions from AMSA. These will help you keep an eye on unusual behavior and unwanted visitors to your home.
For more information on burglars and how they gain access to your home, check out this helpful infographic: