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4 Facts About Burglaries Every Homeowner Should Know

January 17, 2018

Peace of mind is everything when it comes to the safety of your home. Home security systems are highly recommended in residential areas as that is where roughly 66% of all burglaries occur. ICU has systems for every budget and home security needs. Our experienced team will get your home set up with the right camera systems so you can keep an eye on your house when you are away.  For more information about ICU Protection, head on over to our Facebook page and get to know us! Every home owner should be familiar these important facts and statistics to keep their home safe.  

1. Most burglaries are committed by non-professionals.

The most common home burglar is a male under the age of 25. They are often substance abusers looking for quick items they can pawn or sell for cash. They are desperate and that makes them dangerous.

They are also opportunistic. So a home with well-fitted security is 3X less likely to be robbed. There are simple things you can do to make sure your home security makes you a harder target.

2. Perpetrators are looking for easy-to-grab valuables.

Most home burglaries happen in under 10 minutes. The burglars are looking for cash, jewelry, guns, drugs, and small electronics. On average, a perpetrator walks away with over $2,000 of valuables from a burglary.

The first place burglars go to is the master bedroom. Homeowners tend to be predictable about where they hide their most valuable items. Valuables are hidden most commonly in sock drawers and wardrobes.

The best place to store valuables is in a safe that is secured to the foundation of your home.

3. Burglaries are most likely to happen during daylight hours.

The most common time for a home burglary to happen is between the hours of 10AM and 5PM. During this time the thieves are more likely to find the home unoccupied as the residents are at work or school.

If you have a home security system, keep it armed while you are at home. Don’t have one? Take a look at our services and see how it can benefit your home.  It is rare for a burglary to happen while the residents are still in the home, but it can happen. Desperate thieves tend to react aggressively when startled or confronted. The best thing you can do is get to safety and call the police.

4. Students and elderly homeowners are common targets for burglaries and Home Security Breaches.

According to recent statistics, a burglary happens every 18 seconds. Students are often targeted for burglary because they often have the latest tech and many are inexperienced in personal and home security. Elderly homeowners are also common targets for burglars looking for drugs.