In a perfect world, there would be no burglaries. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.
According to the FBI, there were an estimated 1,928,465 burglaries in the U.S. in 2013. That’s one every 16.4 seconds! However, while that’s a very high figure, the good news is that the number of burglaries is actually on the decline. The 2013 figure is a decrease of 8.6% when compared to 2012 data, and a 12.5% decrease when compared to 2009 data.
The decline in the number of burglaries is a good thing, and we should look to continue that trend as best we can. Luckily, we have access to more information than ever before, which allows us to take preemptive measures. Here are some burglary statistics that we can take away from.
Most burglaries occur between 9 am – 3pm
For many of us, these are work hours, which means it can be tough to make sure things are safe back home. Be alert around these times, check in on your alarm system’s status, check camera feeds, or even ask a friend to swing by to check on your home.
About 34% of burglars enter through the front door
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the front door is where most intruders choose to enter through. Ensure that your front door has secure locks. If you have if an alarm system, you should already have a sensor monitoring that area.
23% of burglars enter through a first-floor window
Windows are the second most popular entry point for burglars, making it important to secure all easily-accessible windows, not just those on the first floor. Monitor them with Door and Window Sensors, and always make sure they’re locked when not in use. Close any blinds or curtains to keep burglars from surveying.
22% of burglars enter through the back door
Back doors are usually more concealed, giving more privacy to burglars. Like the front door, you should make sure the locks are secure and that area is monitored.
Burglars also break in through the garage (9%), basement (4%), storage area (2%) and second floor (2%)
These areas are less susceptible to be used as an entry point than the front and back door, and first-floor windows, but they’re not immune.
About 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked entryway without using force
An alarming number of burglars enter through unlocked doors and windows, simply strolling in. Always check that all entry points are securely locked whenever they’re not in use and when you leave the house.
Why Frontpoint Exists
These statistics are a reminder as to why Frontpoint is in the business to begin with. Frontpoint is and will always be, first and foremost, a home security provider. That can be easy to forget these days, with so much talk around the web (and even on this blog) about the Internet of Things, and how home automation features intertwine with home security.
Those added features are great, but in the end, home security systems are there to provide you with protection, and giving you peace of mind that you, your family and belongings are all safe and secure.