Did you know that a burglary takes places in the United States every 18 seconds? That means there are 4,800 burglaries occurring across the country each day.
That is shocking. But you can certainly make sure that you don’t get hit by burglars by hiring a residential locksmith to replace your locks and install advanced home security systems.
Here are 8 facts about home security you should certainly know about.
Fact #1: The average loss to a property due to burglary in the USA is $2,251. In 2014, a record $3.9 billion worth property was stolen in burglaries across the country.
Fact #2: Burglars generally avoid homes that have been obviously fitted with a home security system such as CCTV cameras, motion sensors and a burglar alarm system. 60 percent of convicted burglars said they avoided homes with a security system in a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Fact #3: 34 percent of break-ins occur through the front door. Burglars target the front door when the owner is not at home. They try to unlock the front door or kick it open. Installing deadbolts at the front door entrance and fortifying the door with door jambs can help.
Fact #4: Most burglaries are committed by burglars who stay close by. Studies show that the average burglar only targets homes that are within the radius of 2 miles from where he resides. Burglars are very careful creatures by nature and they only strike when they know for sure that nobody is at home and the coast is clear. They are very familiar with the schedule maintained by the homeowner that they choose to target. There are signs they watch out for, such as newspapers piling up at the door or overgrown lawns, which suggest that the homeowner is on a vacation.
Fact #5: Burglars are very difficult to catch. Just 13.6% of cases of burglary were solved and led to the arrest of the criminal involved.
Fact #6: Most burglaries last for 10 minutes or less. Burglars look for homes that are easy to break into. They get what they want quickly and take off as soon as possible before getting noticed by anyone. Fortifying your back and front entrances and hiring a residential locksmith to install deadbolt locks can certainly act as a preventive measure against burglary
Fact #7: 30 percent of burglaries occur through unlocked doors or windows. That’s why it is so important to keep all entry points locked and alarm systems on at all times. Never leave your doors unlocked ever for a few minutes.
Fact #8: Contrary to the public perception that burglaries are something that occur in the dark of the night, the fact is, most burglaries happen between 10 am and 3 pm in daylight when the homeowner is at work and nobody is at home. Burglars watch a house closely for a day or two at least and monitor the habits of the homeowner, before striking.