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10 Surprising Burglary Statistics

burglarIf your home has ever been burglarized, you understand what it’s like to experience those indescribable feelings of anger, violation, vulnerability, and even fear—and you know why a home security system is a necessity.

For those who have never experienced a home intrusion or burglary firsthand, it’s easy to be complacent. The word itself—burglary—might not spring you so quickly into action.

Before you assume burglary will never happen to you, consider these statistics and find out for yourself why this incredibly common occurrence demands your attention.


Did You Know:

  • In the United States, a home invasion occurs every 13 seconds, and every year more than 2.5 million burglaries occur. Intruders are most likely to steal money, jewelry, electronics, weapons, and power tools. How secure are your most valuable belongings?
  • In 2010, about one million burglaries were attributed to forcible entry, while 600,000 were attributed to unlawful entry (entry without the use of force). Are you leaving your doors and windows unlocked? If so, you’re practically asking for trouble.
  • In 2010, 127,251 reported robberies involved a firearm, and more than 129,000 cases involved the use—or threatened use—of physical violence.
  • Burglary can happen anywhere, to anyone. Every home should be prepared with a monitored home security system. The top 10 most burglarized cities? Cleveland, Memphis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Oakland.
  • The most common means of forced entry? To kick in the door. Consider the importance of strong doors made of solid wood or metal; multiple locks; doorway sensors; and video surveillance—for all points of entry.
  • Most burglaries are committed by males under the age of 25, and their motives vary from drug addiction to financial hardship.
  • Non-professionals commit 85% of break-ins, and the majority of these intruders pick out the easy targets first. What makes you an easy target? No home security system.
  • Don’t risk being burglarized: Only 13% of burglaries are ever solved, and only 15% of stolen property is ever recovered.
  • Screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, and pry bars are some of the most commons tools used to commit a home invasion. Not very high-tech, right? Most of these tools can be found in any garage any day of the week, too, so be careful what you’re leaving out. Lock up your tools and close your garage every day.
  • There is some light at the end of the tunnel: Between 2001 and 2010, US robberies decreased by 19.7%, and between 2009 and 2010, burglaries decreased by 10.5%. This long-term statistic shows a continuous positive trend, yet it still remains essential that homeowners secure their house.

Don’t Put Yourself at Risk

All these burglary statistics are undoubtedly unsettling, but don’t worry—they can be enlightening, too.

Don’t become another statistic. Call ADT Home Security today to discuss our affordable, multi-point monitored home security systems. We’ve been in the security business for more than 100 years and have the knowledge to support you in your quest to improve the safety of your home.




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