Crime Statistics

In 2013, there were an estimated 1.9 million burglaries in the US – one burglary every 16.4 seconds. 

Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. Burglary is also known as an invasion or intrusion.

Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control ofa person or persons by force of threat or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

In 2012…

  • There were an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries and 354,520 robberies.

  • That’s one burglary every 15 seconds and one robbery every 1.5 minutes.

  • Around 60% of burglars used forcible entry to gain access to a home.

  • More than 30% of burglars entered residences through an unlocked door, window and other opening without force.

  • Typically, burglars spend less than 60 secondsbreaking into a home. The more difficult it is to gain access, the more likely a burglar is to reconsider the attack.

  • Most convicted burglars (90%) said they want to avoid homes with alarm systems and said if they did encounter an alarm, they would abandon the attack on the home.

  • It’s estimated that 74% of uncompleted intrusions can be credited to an audible alarm.

  • Homes without alarm systems are 3 times more likely to be burglarized than those with an alarm system.


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