Most homeowners are not aware of the remarkable number of burglaries that occur each year in the United States. It is estimated that two million burglaries occur in a single year. Thankfully, homeowners are not helpless. Those who prepare and act in a proactive manner can protect their families and valuables. Let us take a look at some of the most common burglary myths to shed light on the truth about home invasions.
1. Burglars Sneak in Through the Windows
Most people picture a sneaky burglar breaking a side or rear window and hopping into the home. Some envision thieves prying open the garage door or finding a way into the basement. This is not the case at all. Doors are actually the most common means of entry. It is even more surprising that burglars choose the front door over any other home door. A shocking 36 percent of break ins occur because property owners leave their door unlocked or wide open. It is imperative that property owners install a burglar alarm and keep their doors shut and locked at all times to preserve their home's integrity.
2. Firearms And Appliances Are The Most Commonly Stolen Items
Thieves know that appliances are usually the most valuable items in a home but they are also the most difficult to transport. They do not want to spend time lugging these behemoths out of the home. Firearms are only taken during 2 percent of burglaries. Electronics are actually the most commonly stolen items. This is why homeowners should put entry sensors in the rooms with their electronics. A burglar alarm will add the layered protection that you and your valuables deserve.
3. Break Ins Only Occur At Night
To the surprise of most, the majority of break ins occur during the day. Many people think that burglars target homes during the middle of the night as darkness will help to conceal their identity and activities. This is not true. Burglars try to break into homes during the day when people are at work. It is quite remarkable that 40 percent of break ins occur during daylight hours. Part of the reason why burglars choose to invade during the day is that they do not want to be confronted by the homeowner.
4. It Will Never Happen to Me
Most homeowners believe that a home break in is very unlikely. This could not be more untrue. A home break in occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. Oftentimes, all it takes is a burglar alarm to avoid becoming a part of this statistic. Burglars watch for consistent patterns, such as when a homeowner leaves for work or gets home from work and commits the act when they know the home is vacant. Burglars can disguise themselves as service workers and case homes during the day.
5. Burglars Spend A Lot of Time Breaking Into Homes
Burglars choose homes that are easy targets. They will often pass up a home with a security alarm sign and move to the next home that does not have a sign. They look for homes of people who work full-time and homes with poorly secured doors and other entry points. In many situations, a burglar can breach a poorly secured door in only 10 seconds. It usually takes 20 minutes or more for the police to show up in response. Meanwhile, the burglar is in and out in 8 minutes without ever having to cross paths with the homeowner who is at work.
While the general public is misinformed or at least under-informed about burglaries, they do not have to accept the threat as a risk that can not be combated. Sometimes all it takes is a simple burglar alarm. Those who are especially concerned with the damage that a burglary could cause should invest in comprehensive security systems that provide the best in home security. By taking these precautions, homeowners will be able to rest easy knowing that they have done all that they can to protect their valuables.