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Various Burglary Statistics

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Do you need a home security system? Some people feel quite secure in their neighborhood and they think that their home is just as secure as it can be. In fact, just about everyone feels that way until something bad actually happens. With this in mind, we have prepared some of the basic crime and burglary statistics. This is not done as a 'scare tactic' but rather to simply let you know what you may be up against. After reading these statistics you may feel differently about home security equipment. You may even want to go ahead and get a full-blown monitored home security system so that you can have a better chance at beating the odds of becoming a statistic yourself! With that said, here are the statistics that are not being used to scare you:

  • 100 Feet - Exterior lighting needs to bright enough for you to see 100-feet.
  • $99 - The cost of a complete home security system from X10.
  • 98 - The remaining number of home burglary, fire and crime statistics that are listed on this page.
  • 97 thousand - The approximate number of people who are victimized each day.
  • 96% of household fires could have been prevented.
  • 95 % of home security owners are satisfied with their alarm systems.
  • 94% of US homes have at least one smoke alarm installed.
  • 93% of homeowners have a garage. This is one point of entrance that burglars target.
  • 92% of emergency calls end up being false alarms.
  • 91% of murder offenders were males.
  • 90% of police believe home monitored alarms help deter burglary attempts.
  • 89% of all burglaries go unsolved.
  • 88% of all burglaries are residential in nature.
  • 87% of all home burglaries are considered to be preventable.
  • 86% of burglaries occur when people are at home.
  • 85% of burglar alarms were not switched on or being used properly
  • 84% of the Nationís burglaries took place in metro areas.
  • 83% of crimes are not related to motor vehicle theft.
  • 82% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home.
  • 81% of residential intrusions occur through the first floor
  • 80% of break-ins occur through a locked door
  • 79% of Americans feel that they are at risk for burglary.
  • $78 billion - The cost of crime for the criminal justice system
  • 77% of all crimes are property crimes.
  • 76 Seconds - A residential fire occurs every 76 seconds.
  • 75% of criminals are back on the streets in four years or less.
  • 74% people serving a criminal sentence are currently on probation or parole.
  • 73% of burglars said that they would still rob a house if it had an alarm.
  • 72% - It is estimated that you can cut your risks of being burglarized by having a home security system installed by one of the monitoring companies.
  • 71% of murders in 1995 included the use of firearms.
  • 70% of the burglars use some amount force to enter a dwelling
  • 69 - The number of strange crime statistics that you have left to read.
  • 68% of the home invasion cases, the victim and accused were strangers.
  • 67% of all burglars gain entrance somewhere other than the front door.
  • 66% of all burglary offenses in 2005 were of residential structures.
  • 65 or older - When compared with other age groups, persons age 65 or older were disproportionately affected by property crimes.
  • $64 billion has been spent on private protection.
  • 63% of residential burglaries in 2006 took place during the day.
  • 62% - Forcible entry burglaries accounted for 62% of burglary offenses.
  • 61% of residential burglaries in 2005 for which time of occurrence was known took place during the day, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • 60% of attempted burglaries on homes that have a home security alarm system are unsuccessful.
  • 59% of burglaries occur while a home is occupied.
  • 58% of burglars come right through your front door.
  • 57 Seconds - The average amount of time it takes a burglar to gain entrance to a home.
  • 56% of offenders are over the age of 25.
  • 55% - A home without a security system is 55% more likely to be burglarized.
  • 54% of home security system owners are unsure of how to operate their system.
  • 53% - worldwide, home burglaries have dropped around 53% over the last 10 years.
  • 52 Minutes - The average amount of time that it takes a home security specialist to do an in-home protection evaluation.
  • 51 percent of violent criminals were discharged from prison in two years or less.
  • 50 - The number of states where home security systems are available.
  • 49% of all home fire deaths resulted from fires that were reported between 10:00 PM. and 06:00 am.
  • 48% of arsons are directed at single-family dwellings.
  • 47% - Daytime burglaries have jumped 47% in the United States.
  • 46% of home security system owners feel that they know how to operate their systems.
  • 45% of rapes occur in broad daylight.
  • 44% of burglars arrested were under the age of 25.
  • 43% of crimes were forcible rapes.
  • 42% of the total robberies committed in 2001 involved firearms.
  • 41% of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.
  • 40% sexual assaults take place at the victims own home.
  • 39% of residential burglaries occur when victims are working.
  • 38% of all robberies are committed with firearms.
  • 37% - Southern States recorded 37% of all Crime Index offenses.
  • 36% Convicted offenders actually serve an average of 36% of their imposed sentences.
  • 35 - There is one aggravated assault every 35 seconds.
  • 34% of burglars entered through the front door.
  • 33% - Home fire deaths have fallen 33% from 5,200 in 1980 to 3,420 in 2000
  • 32k - 32 thousand arrests are made each month.
  • 31% of all assaults occur during home invasions.
  • $30 - The average monthly cost for home security monitoring.
  • 29% - Homes without security systems are about 29% more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems.
  • 28% of convicted burglars agreed that they would avoid a house protected by an alarm system.
  • 27% of homeowners with security systems set their alarm only when they go to bed.
  • 26% - Law enforcement agencies could not determine the time at which a burglary had occurred 26% of the time.
  • 25 Seconds - There is one murder every 25 seconds.
  • 24 - The number of hours per day that your house can be protected with a security system.
  • 23% of burglars gain entrance through a first-floor window.
  • 22% of burglars gain entrance through a back door.
  • 21% of all crimes are crimes of violence.
  • 20% - How much you can save on your homeowners insurance by installing a home security system.
  • 19% - Burglary accounts for 19% of property crime totals.
  • 18% of home fire deaths occurred in homes in which a smoke alarm was in use.
  • 17 people die in home fires every day.
  • 16% of homes will have a burglary, fire or carbon monoxide poisoning over the next 6 years.
  • 15% of American households have a home security system.
  • 14 Seconds - A burglary takes place in the US every 14 seconds.
  • 13% of home invasion victims are over the age of 65.
  • 12 people die each year due to burglar bars blocking their exits from burning homes.
  • 11% of home invaders were relatives, friends, or had some type of business relationship.
  • 10% of burglaries involve vehicle theft.
  • 9% of burglars enter through the garage.
  • 8% - Spending on security products and services is growing at estimated 8% per year.
  • 7 Years - violent criminals serve only 7 years for murder.
  • 6% of home security system owners donít even turn on their burglar alarms.
  • 5% of home security system owners are dissatisfied with their burglar alarm.
  • 4% of burglars get in through an unlocked entrance.
  • 3 violent crimes are committed for every one police officer.
  • 2% of burglars entered somewhere on the second floor.
  • $1k - The average home intrusion causes in excess of $1,000 in damages.

Please note that these statistics were taken from a number of sources on the internet. They should not be used for anything other than entertainment purposes. We make no representation as to the accuracy of any of the figures and 'statistics' that are listed above. If you want some more reliable statistics then this FBI website is highly recommended.


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Home Security Subjects

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About 'Free' Security Systems

Do I Need a Security System?

Home Security Common Sense

How Home Security Systems Affect your Homeowners Insurance

Information for Renters

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