Summer is the peak season for vacation, but it’s also peak season for burglaries. According to the FBI, crime rates increase by 10% June through August. In the U.S., about 4,800 daily burglaries occur approximately every 18 seconds. Richmond Alarm Company can help protect your home and family as you learn more about crime prevention and the monitoring equipment needed to support your efforts.
Here are a few surprising statistics about burglary and preventative tips everyone concerned about home security should know:
1.Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems
Over 60% of convicted burglars stated that the presence of a home security system deterred them from targeting that home.
Home Security Tip: A monitored home security system with Richmond Alarm helps reduce the chance of being a burglary victim. Using the provided yard signs and window stickers helps alert potential burglars of your security system.
2.Most burglaries take place between 10am and 3pm
Contrary to popular belief, home burglaries don’t take place at night. Since most owners are at work or school, a daytime burglary reduces the chance the criminal will be noticed.
Home Security Tip: Install indoor and outdoor motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home 24/7 and receive motion alerts directly to your phone.
3.The majority of break-ins are committed by a nearby neighbor
A typical burglar resides within two miles of the targeted home. The close distance allows them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home.
Home Security Tip: To help minimize the risk of a break-in, vary your routine as much as possible. When you travel, enlist someone take care of your home.
4.Almost 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window
First floor windows and doors are targeted by burglars, especially when tucked behind overgrown vegetation.
Home Security Tip: Keep all entry points locked and alarmed. Door and Window contacts monitored by Richmond Alarm help keep your protected even when you’re not home. Make your home less appealing to intruders by also keeping shrubs and trees trimmed back.