Burglary by the Numbers
Burglary is a crime that continues to impact home and business owners throughout the United States:
A burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 13 seconds
Burglary in the United States costs $4.7 billion annually in lost and damaged property, with an average loss per burglar of $2,230
88 of all burglaries are residential in nature
Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than 10 minutes
Most residential burglaries occur between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm, when most people are at work or school
Take a minute to think about how an intrusion or burglar alarm system would impact these stats. Having an alarm system significantly reduces the likelihood of theft, meaning that these figures could be dramatically reduced if more people were to install an alarm system in their home or business.
Perhaps most concerning is the fact that, according to police, burglars are rarely caught in the act – and less than 15% of all burglary cases are ever resolved. But if law enforcement authorities have access to quality video of a burglary in progress, they have a much better chance of apprehending the culprit. An intrusion alarm system combined with video surveillance can go a long way toward protecting your assets, were someone ever to try to break into your home or place of business. Fortunately for Raleigh/Durham, NC residents, the team at Security Force Inc specializes in providing burglar alarm systems supported by video surveillance, with each system tailored to the individual client’s specific application.
Law enforcement authorities also report that while 70% of burglars use some amount of force to enter a dwelling or office building, they will first try a natural access point, such as an unlocked door or open window. Burglar alarm systems employ a variety of sensors to protect you in these instances, were you ever to let your guard down and forget to lock a door or window. Sensor types include magnetic contacts on doors and windows, glass break sensors, interior motion sensors, passive infrared sensors, photoelectric sensors, ultrasonic sensors, audio detectors and more.
In the time it took you to read the past three paragraphs, 13 burglaries will have occurred in the United States. You can hesitate and hope that property crime never impacts you, or you can take action now to protect your home and business. When it comes to burglary prevention, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive.