When we think of summer, we think of cookouts at a friend’s house or week-long vacations at the beach. But what we see as a season of relaxation, burglars see as a season of opportunity, according to a report by the FBI.
So whether you’re planning on one last week-long trip to the beach or a day trip to the closest city in the near future, keep these security stats in mind before you leave your home.
#1: There are nearly 2.2 million burglaries in the United States, and over 70 percent of those burglaries happen to residential properties.
#2: Of all residential burglaries in the U.S., 65 percent occur during the daytime.
#3: More than 60 percent of burglaries are committed by forcible entry, such as picking locks or breaking windows. More than 30 percent are unlawful entry burglaries, in which the burglar didn’t need to pick a lock, break a window, or otherwise use force to break into a residence.
#4: In the U.S., only 13 percent of burglary cases result in an arrest.
#5: In 2010, the average amount of loss per burglary was $2,119, totaling an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property that year.
#6: On average, a burglary lasts between 90 seconds and 12 minutes.
#7: Nearly 87 percent of all burglaries are considered preventable. By installing a reliable monitored home security system, your home is three times less likely to be broken into than a home without a security system.
Don’t let your home become another security statistic. To learn more about ways you can help protect your home, click here or call 1-877-695-7679.
Federal Bureau of Investigation- Crime in the United States 2010