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Home Burglary Facts

Stats and Facts

How many home invasions are there in the U.S.?

-According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each year.

How many homes are broken into each year?

-3.7 million homes are broken into each year. That’s 7 homes every minute.

How many homes are robbed each year?

-The DOJ reported 1 million burglaries occurred with people in the home. 27% of them became victim of a violent crime.

What are the chances of being robbed?

-According to the FBI, you can expect 1 in every 36 homes to be robbed.

What percentage of robberies involve weapons?

-The DOJ reported the use of weapons in a majority of robberies. 41% of robberies involved firearms and 7.8% included knives or other cutting devices. In addition, 42.5% used strong-arm tactics, whether verbal or physical.

What percentage of burglaries involved forcible entry?

-Forcible entry occurs when someone enters a home with some type of force or weapon. Almost 58% of home invasions used some type of forcible entry. Almost 7% of the burglaries accounted for attempted forcible entry. The remaining were unlawful entries with no force.

What time of day does the most crime occur?

-The most common time for crime by an adult to occur is at 10 PM. The most active time for adult criminals is between 8 PM and 12 PM. Juvenile criminals, on the other hand, are the most active between 3 and 4 PM. Juvenile criminals most active time is usually between 3 PM and 7 PM.

Do burglars return to the scene?

-Unbelievably, you are more likely to be a burglary victim after being a victim once. Even if you aren’t the victim, but a neighbor is victimized, your chances are higher. A burglar returns to the scene because he’s already done the work. He knows the area so it takes less effort to get the job done.

Other Facts

Most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

-Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed.

The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby.

-The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home. They may also check for signs that you’re on vacation—such as flyers or newspapers piling up at your door, an un-mowed lawn, or trash cans left at the curb.

Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.

-Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and take off before being noticed.

Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.

-A surprising number of burglars gain access to homes through open or unlocked entrances. First floor windows and doors are especially well-liked by burglars—particularly when a burglar can be concealed behind overgrown vegetation.

An astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door.

-Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Someone is home during nearly three out of every ten burglaries.

-Coming home to find your material possessions stolen is frightening enough, but victims who are home when the burglary occurs experience even more trauma. According to a crime victimization survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, a household member is present during approximately 28% of burglaries, and 7% of these victims experienced some type of violent crime.

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