Violent Crimes and Robberies by the Numbers

Burglar entering through the balcony window

According to statistics published by the FBI in 2012, the probability of a home break in occurring at your house is 1 in 36. That might now sound like a big risk for your family, but consider this:

The odds you will die in a car accident in any given year are approximately 1 in 6,000. Yet, you probably buckle your seatbelt, buy car and life insurance, and follow safety rules when driving.

Consider these statistics about home burglaries that put some of the risk in perspective:

  • If you do end up being the 1 in 36, then your risks of home invasion are higher after the initial break in. That’s because burglars often work the same areas and homes more than one time—once they are familiar with the layout of your home, what security measures you take, and what assets you have, it’s easier for them to profit from breaking in to your house.
  • About 28 percent of the time, burglaries occur when someone is home. In about 7 percent of break ins, someone in the home experiences injury from some type of violence.
  • Your property is unlikely to be recovered, and statistics indicate home burglary cases are only solved around 13 percent of the time.
  • About a third of intruders come right through the front door—literally. Standard hollow doors can be easily kicked in, even if you lock the door and slide the deadbolt or chain in place.
  • A home invasion or burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States.
  • Both violent crimes and property crimes have increased since 2012.

 

Many homeowners seek to protect their families and property through traditional methods: locking doors, teaching children to dial 911, or installing home security systems. While all these are good security measures, they don’t always keep the criminals at bay.

As noted above, most doors can be kicked in with sufficient force. Dialing 911 is a defensive tactic, not an offensive tactic: in many cases, by the time authorities arrive, the damage is already done. Statistics do show that criminals are less likely to bother with a property that features home security, but villains are getting more sophisticated and home security systems can be bypassed.

For optimal home security, families should combine traditional measures with individual protection methods.

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