Home break-ins are more common in the summer-time and more dangerous than you think. Here are some shocking statistics about burglaries that should give you pause:
-Burglary attempts cause one out of every three assaults in residences in the United States.
-Around 95% of break-ins involve the use of force.
-Amateur criminals commit about 85% of burglaries and are more likely to be mentally ill, violent, or using drugs.
-Police only solve around 13% of burglaries and break-ins because they lack evidence or witnesses.
-Most burglars are seeking money to support a drug habit, so they are likely to be high.
-Most burglars are after everyday items like cash, laptops, guns, tools, smartphones, iPods, television sets, and jewelry.
-July and August are the most typical months for home break-ins.
-Around 66% of all burglaries are home break-ins, Safeguard the World estimated.
Suburbs And Rural Areas Are Also Vulnerable To Home Break-Ins
The numbers indicate that break-ins are most likely to occur in the summer when children are on vacation. Burglars prefer the summer because it is the warmest time of year.
Homeschool families are in greater danger from break-ins because they are more likely to occur during the day. Burglars are looking for unoccupied houses, so they usually come around at midday during the work week. That means a criminal might break in while a mother is homeschooling her kids.
Contrary to what most people believe, homes in the suburbs and rural areas are just as likely to be broken into by thugs as those in the city. Most burglars drive, and many of them prefer outlying neighborhoods where there are fewer people than in urban areas.
Precautions You Can Take To Prevent Home Break-Ins This Summer
Everybody needs to be on guard against break-ins because they are more common than you think. Provisions you can take to safeguard your family include: keeping doors locked, strengthening doors that face the street or road, and having weapons available for self-defense.
A low-cost way to repel burglars is to make it always look like somebody is at home. This process can be done by scattering a few kids’ toys or bicycles on the front lawn, playing the TV or radio at a high volume, or leaving lawn mowers and tools sitting outside so it looks like somebody is around. Since most burglars seek empty homes, such deception might be more effective than expensive alarm systems.
You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Strategies That Burglars Use To Case Rural Houses
Or download our free 40-page report on how to keep your property safe in uncertain times: Protect Your Perimeter
Do you have any additional suggestions on how to prevent home break-ins during summertime? Let us know in the comments below.