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66% of all burglaries are residential
Homes without security systems are about three times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems.
First stop: Usually the master bedroom because most people keep their valuables there.
Favorite Items: cash, jewelry, electronic equipment, silver, guns and other easy to sell items.
If you have a Home Security System and it goes off,
the burglar may already be in your house.
Adequately securing your home entrance points (doors & windows)
is the best deterrent against a burglary.
Burglars will most often target unprotected households.
How Thieves Gain Entry
Every 15 seconds a burglary takes place in the U.S.
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Burglars spend an average of 8 to 12 minutes in your home
In the U.S. alone, one out of every five homes will be victimized by a violent home invasion or burglary.
Home burglaries occur approximately every 15 seconds in the U.S.
From 2003 to 2007 an estimated 3,700,000 burglaries occurred each year.
In almost 28% of these burglaries a household member was present during the time of the burglary.
Damaging or removing a door is the most common method in both forcible and attempted forcible entry burglaries, followed by damaging or removing window panes.
In a third of completed burglaries the perpetrator forced entry into the home and in two-thirds they gained entry through an unlocked or inadequately secured door or window.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice-Bureau of Justice Statistics (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov)