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FBI Facts And Statistics About Home Burglaries


  1. Every 15 seconds a home or residence is burglarized in the U.S.


  1. More than 70% of home burglars are white; 86% are male.


  1. Only about 13% of reported home burglaries are ever solved.


  1. More than 85% of all home burglaries occur in large metropolitan areas.

    - More than 36% of homes in the South have been burglarized.

    - More than 23% of homes in the West have been burglarized.

    - More than 22% of homes in the Midwest have been burglarized.

    - More than 19% of homes in the Northeast have been burglarized.


  1. More than 40% of residential burglaries that happen every year are not forced entries.  That means that a burglar was able to walk, climb or crawl inside of houses through a door, window or garage door that was left unlocked, open or had a flimsy lock.


  1. Most residential break-ins and burglaries happen in broad daylight -   between 9 AM and 3 PM.


  1. Victims of home burglaries lose an average of $1700 in cash or possessions.


  1. The number of home break-ins and burglaries increase significantly in the summer - especially in July and August.  During the hot summer months people are more likely to leave their windows open for ventilation; they also go on vacation and don’t take necessary safety steps to keep their home safe while they’re gone.


  1. Burglars are more concerned about being seen by someone than they are about being able to break into it.


  1. Burglars usually get into the home through the front or back door - because the lock is inadequate or because the door isn’t even locked.


  1. Burglars do their homework when they choose their target houses:
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    - They look for houses that look empty or have no activity going on

  1.   - They look for houses they can get into quickly

  2.   - They look for houses without dogs or alarm systems: they do not    

  3.       like loud sounds

  4.   - They look for houses that provide outside cover for them so they    

  5.      can get in without being seen or drawing attention to themselves.

 

Your Home Is Your Castle

Keep It Safe From Burglaries And Break-Ins

A barking dog may help keep strangers and burglars away from your door.  But loud alarms work even better.

Don’t put your name on a mail box.  Your house number and street is enough.

AsYouAge Everyday Living Safety Tips
    Keep emergency numbers near your phone.
    Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your residence; make sure your garage doors and basement windows are locked, too.
    Keep house and car keys on separate rings.
    Do not lend your keys to service/maintenance people you do not know well.
    Always ask service/maintenance people to identify themselves before allowing them to enter your home or residence.
    Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
    Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items in plain view in your home or residence.
    Use direct deposit for your Social Security check and other pension checks.
    When out of town, set radios, lights, and televisions on timers.
    Leave spare keys with trusted neighbors, not under a doormat or in a flower planter.
    Try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers. If you are waiting for an elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside. Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy. Hit the alarm button if you are accosted on an elevator.
    If you are in a residential or senior living community or facility, report any broken or malfunctioning locks, lights, doors or other safety/security devices to the facilities supervisor.  http://www.AsYouAge.com/

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