Every 15 seconds, there is a burglary in the USA. By the time you have finished reading this article, a dozen more homes and businesses will have fallen victim to theft. Here are some things you can do right now to protect your home or workplace.
Burglaries don’t happen when you’re there
Thieves don’t want to make things hard for themselves. Robbing you, your family, or your business while it’s occupied is a complication most thieves do not want to deal with.
Most home burglaries, which account for 70% of the total nationwide, occur during the hours of 10am and 3pm. This is the window of time when a homeowner is most likely to be away at work or school. Burglars do not typically target houses at night. However, for businesses, the opposite is true. Most business burglaries happen well after hours and even into the earliest hours of the morning.
Burglars operate close to home
As uncomfortable as it may be, the person most likely to burglarize your home lives nearby and may even be watching your house to get to know your habits and learn your daily routine. As frightening as that may be, it is the reality.
Most burglars are under the age of 25 and are male. It is also not uncommon for the perpetrator to know the victim. One more reason why being cautious about who you let into your home is a good idea. Make sure to vary your routine and never leave your lawn unmowed or mail overflowing to show you may not be home.
A burglar will be in and out of your home in less than 10 minutes
A burglary can take as little as 90 seconds. The average burglary takes about 8 minutes. To put that into perspective, the average police response time in America is currently about 9 minutes.
What’s worse is that the perpetrators are rarely caught. Home robbery cases have an average arrest rate of 13%. It’s easier to take the steps needed to prevent becoming a victim because there is little recourse after the fact.
Someone is home during a burglary 30% time
Imagine being home alone and hearing a door or window being forced open followed by the sound of footsteps in your house. It is a scenario none of us wish to experience in our lifetime. With 2.2 million burglaries per year, roughly 750,000 experience this annually.
It is important to make potential burglars aware that you are in fact home. You can do this by leaving lights on, or scheduling automatic lights so you appear to be home when you’re not. Make sure your home looks well maintained (no overgrown vegetation, piles of trash or mail, etc.) otherwise it may look like you’ve gone on a long vacation.
Burglars don’t like home with security systems
60% of convicted burglars said that seeing evidence of an active security system at a home caused them to consider targeting a different home. Homes with no detectable security are statistically more likely to be broken in to.
Advertize your security system with stickers and signs around your property. Make sure to cover every approachable angle of your home, not just your front door, so your security decals are easily seen by potential intruders approaching from out of site.
In conclusion, your home in your mansion and you deserve to protect it. If you’re not sure if your home is safe or secure enough, give us a call and we’ll talk through the options.