Home Burglary StatisticsAccording to the FBI, an estimated 1.6 million burglaries occurred across the U.S. in 2015, 70 percent of which were residential. These burglaries resulted in a total property loss of about $3.6 billion. The most common items stolen included cash, laptops, iPads, smartphones, electronics, gold, and jewelry. These items are usually the targeted by thieves due largely to the fact that they can be easily removed from the home and exchanged for cash. In roughly three out of four home burglaries, the homeowners are not present. According to the same U.S. Department of Justice report, more home burglaries occur in the summer than in any other season, due to the fact that the weather is more agreeable and residents spend more time away from their homes. The most common time frame for a burglary is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when most residents are at work or running errands.
Safeguards Against Home BurglaryGiven these statistics, what can homeowners and residents do to keep their home and belongings safe? What steps should you take to protect your valuable possessions and irreplaceable belongings when away from home? Here are a few tips:
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay alert to things out of the ordinary around your home and in your neighborhood.
- Take precautions when inviting new workers into your home. Per the Department of Justice, over 65 percent of victimized homeowners knew the person who burglarized their home. Minimize the amount of time strangers or acquaintances are left alone in your personal space to deter them from “scoping out” your home.
- Keep your valuables out of sight to minimize the chances of thieves targeting your home. An easy way to keep your special belongings secure is to store them in a trusted safe. That way, in the unfortunate case that your home is broken into, at least your most priceless possessions have a strong likelihood of remaining with you. Cracking a safe isn’t as easy as heist movies make it appear, so having a safe actually does keep valuables out of the hands of most burglars.