To keep your Texas home safe, it’s important to know the likelihood of a home invasion and the common ways in which a burglary occurs. We recommend that you regularly check local crime reports to start. Stay educated on the risks of a home invasion and also on how to protect yourself and your family. The following home security statistics put the potential for a burglary into perspective as well as help you to understand preventative precautions you can take to reduce your chances of a home intrusion.
10 Home Security Statistics You Should Know
- It is known that around 60% of home intruders used forcible entry to gain access into a home. This reflects that 40% of burglars entered a home through an unlocked door, window, or other access point without using any force. (Source)
- About 33% of intruders enter a home through the front door according to alarm.org. These doors are known to be hollow and are easy to kick in. It is important to reinforce the front door or replace it if you do not think it could withstand an intruder. (Source)
- 25% of burglars reported cutting telephone or alarm wires before they attempted a home invasion. (Source)
- It is not uncommon for an intruder to attempt to invade the same home more than once. The intruder is familiar with the homes’ floor plan. This could create an opportunity to return to the home and capitalize on what they missed during their first attempt. (Source)
- The FBI reports that the average dollar loss per burglary in the U.S. is $2,185. This amount does not include costs of criminal justice expenditures, home or emotional remediation. (Source)
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report states that in 28% of burglaries a household member was home during the invasion. It’s important to know what to do in the event of a break-in while the home is occupied.
- On average, only about 13% of burglaries are cleared by the police. The statistics for returned property are even less. (Source)
- It is estimated that in America, a home is broken into 4 times a minute, or about every 15 seconds. Being an American resident, you have about 1 in 1000 chances of being robbed. (Source)
- Thieves can unlock 90% of doors by lock bumping, which leaves no damage. As a result, many insurance companies deny the claim since there is no evidence of forced entry. This makes having an alarm system even more crucial. (Source)
- According to the Criminal Justice and Criminology report, about 60% of the burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether.
It’s clear that home burglaries are a wide spread concern and home security is an ongoing necessity. These household statistics are important to keep in mind when taking precautions to protect your home from an invasion. Ensure that your home is safe by staying updated with your local police and also by communicating with your neighbors in your community. Hawk Security is here to help you secure your Texas home.