Preparing For A Burglar – When and Where They Strike

Last updated: October 9, 2017

You never know when a burglar will strike, so it is always best to be prepared. Even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has statistics that you can research, a burglar will break into your property whenever he desires. With that being said, it is still a great idea for you to know when burglars are more likely to strike, so you can take extra precaution during those times and seasons.

Burglary Statistics

Statistics state that in the United States, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds. Some of those burglaries are unlawful entry, attempted forcible entry, and forcible entry. Billions of dollars in property is stolen each year due to burglary. When you break that down, a household loses almost two thousand dollars on average after being burglarized. Of those thefts, less than 15 percent are solved. More than 22 percent of all crimes committed each year are burglaries. It is best to help yourself stay protected at all times with a home security system. These systems monitor your home, even when you are away from the property, which is typically when a burglar likes to break into your home.

Sources:
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2015 National Crime Report.

When Do Burglars Strike

If there was a set time and date that a burglar would strike, everyone could be prepared, and the crime rate would drop tremendously. That is not the case, unfortunately; however, burglars do follow a pattern. A serial burglar is less likely to choose a different pattern, because they have already planned the crime, and knows how to execute it precisely the way they want.

Most burglars want to strike during warm weather, for different reasons. You can expect to see fewer burglaries in February than you would see in July. Burglars prefer the hot weather because you are more likely to leave your window open during the warmer months. Burglars need easy access to your home, and an open window is as easy a path as one can get. If you leave your home for any amount of time, never keep your windows open, and always shut your blinds.

Where Do Burglars Strike

If you own your house, you are less likely to have your property burglarized than someone who is renting. If you live in a wooded area that is hidden away, burglars are more likely to break into your property. This also applies to properties that are covered in vines. Shrubbery is nice, but homes surrounded by shrubs are a more likely target than those without shrubs. Thieves are attracted to these areas because their chances of fleeing are higher, unlike open-area homes. More burglaries are reported in the South, than burglaries in the Northeast, but metropolitan areas have the highest number of reported burglaries.

The best way to help prepare for a break-in is to have a home security system installed. This does not mean your home will be free of burglary, but your chances of fending off a burglar are higher than someone who does not have a home security system. In fact, homes that do not have a home security system are burglarized three times more than homes that are protected by security systems (Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2015 National Crime Report).

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