With the rise in crime rates, it has never been more essential to secure your home and ensure your family’s safety. But with so many home security options, knowing which ones to choose can take time and effort. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 22 home security statistics every homeowner should know to help you make informed decisions about securing your home.
22 Home Security Statistics You Need to Know
7 Property Crime Statistics
- As of 2021, property crime makes up over 85% of all crime* in the US – occurring five times more** often than violent crime.
- The FBI recorded 4.8 million property crimes in 2021.*
- Only 12% of the $737 billion in property theft was recovered in 2021.*
- In 2021, there were 20 property crimes reported per 1,000 people. *
- Larceny is the most common form of property crime at 71%. **
- Burglaries claim 15% of all property crimes. **
- A survey from Safewise found that Package theft was the number one property prime concern in America. ***
10 Burglary Statistics
- There are approximately 2.5 Million burglaries in the US every year. *
- A burglary takes place every 30 seconds in America. *
- 62% occur during daytime hours – between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. **
- A typical burglary takes eight to ten minutes.***
- Up to 88% of burglaries are committed to support a drug habit.****
- The typical burglary costs its victim $2,799. *****
- 88% of home invasions are impromptu – only 12% are planned in advance.****
- Less than 15% of burglaries are carried out by professional thieves.******
- Urban areas are LESS LIKELY to experience burglaries than rural areas.*******
- June is the most popular month for burglaries – accounting for 11.3% of burglaries conducted during the year.*********
5 Home Security Statistics
- Burglars are 300% more likely to target homes that don’t have a home security system.*
- 75% of homeowners do not have a security system. **
- 56% of all burglaries enter through either the front (34%) or back (22%) door. ***
- 75% of all burglars target the bedroom as their first destination (followed by office/study at 26% and bathroom at 16%). ****
- Over half of burglaries involve forced entry. ****
Home Security: 5 Proactive Measures to Prevent Burglary Victimhood
Burglary is a crime of opportunity, and the best way to prevent it is by making your home a difficult target. This involves more than just locking your doors and windows. Here are five best practices that can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary.
Install a Home Security System
As mentioned above, homes without a security system are 3x more likely to be burglarized. A home security system can deter burglars and alert you to any break-ins. It’s essential to choose a system that fits your needs and budget.
If you have any questions or are looking for guidance on selecting the right security system for your home, we can help. CPI Security is proud to have been the region’s largest home security provider for over 30 years! Get a free quote and schedule a call with one of our security experts today.
Secure Doors and Windows
With more than half of break-ins including forced entry, investing in secure doors and windows is critical. Opting for steel doors and impact-resistant windows may cost a bit more, but it can be the exact deterrent you need to send a would-be burglar packing. Don’t forget to install window and door sensors while you’re at it.
Use Lighting to Your Advantage
A well-lit exterior not only discourages potential burglars but also eliminates hiding spots in darker areas of your yard. Motion sensor lights add an extra layer of security, as they can startle and deter intruders by suddenly illuminating them. These lights also serve a functional purpose, increasing visibility for you and your guests during nighttime hours and increasing curb appeal. With a smart home security system, you can also schedule lights to come on at certain times to make it appear someone is home, even if you are away.
Don’t Advertise You’re Going Away
Save the social media vacation photos until AFTER you get back. If a burglar knows that you aren’t home, it will increase the likelihood that you will become a victim. Also, if you are away for an extended period, consider placing a mail stop on your property or ask a trusted neighbor to pick up any packages or newspapers left at the front door. Want more tips before heading out of town? Check out our full list here.
Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Potential thieves are often opportunistic; they scout for easy targets and visible signs of wealth. They might be more inclined to attempt a break-in if they see expensive electronics, jewelry, or other high-value items through a window.
Disposing of packaging discreetly is also important. A box from a new flat-screen TV or high-end gadget left out by the curb can inadvertently advertise what’s inside your home. Remember, most burglaries are committed in an attempt to score money for drugs. The less attention you draw to your valuable assets, the less likely somebody will target your home.
Remember, no method is foolproof, but these practices can significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a burglary victim.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to secure your home. With CPI Security, you can rest easy knowing that your family and property are protected by one of the most trusted names in the industry. From state-of-the-art security systems to 24/7 monitoring services, we’ve got you covered.
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