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Top 20 Most Burglarized U.S. Cities

Total burglaries in the US in 2011: 2,188,005

More U.S. Crime Stats

Robberies: 354,396

Larceny: 6,159,795

Aggravated Assaults: 751,131

Total Violent Crimes: 1,203,564

Top 5 Burglary-prevention Tips

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1. Get a home security system.

In the United States, homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. That's because burglars want to get in and out with your valuables with as little hassle as possible—why risk getting caught by a security system when they could just move onto the next house without one? If you protect your home with a security system, it sends a message to burglars that your home is not to be trifled with. To take your safety to the next level, protect your home with a security system.

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2. Lock your doors and windows.

Sometimes deterring burglars is as simple as locking all your doors and windows. You'd be surprised by how many burglars gain access to homes by finding neglected entry points. Many homeowners in the United States think, 'A burglary will never happen to me,' so they fail to take small safety measures to protect their homes. Even if you leave your home for a short while, you should lock your doors and windows every time you leave.

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3. Keep your yard trimmed.

Untrimmed bushes and untamed grass can be a signal to burglars, notifying them that you're out of town and your home is ripe for robbery. Overgrown shrubs and trees may also provide cover for burglars to hide while they try to break into your home through a door or window. If you're proud of your home, then take care of your yard, and if you're going to be out of town, hire a neighbor or landscaper to keep up on lawn maintenance.

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4. Participate in a Neighborhood Watch program.

Secure your community with a Neighborhood Watch program. If your neighborhood doesn't have one, take measures to start one. If there's already one in place, find out where and when they meet, and become a more informed citizen. Neighborhood Watch programs help people get to know their neighbors, strengthen the security of their neighborhoods, and find new ways to watch out for and report crime. Contact your local law enforcement agency to find out about neighborhood watch programs in your area.

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5. Consider a guard dog.

A pet can not only be a best friend but also provide an extra layer of security to your home. Intruders hate dealing with pets—especially dogs—so a noisy pet can be a great asset. Burglars prefer to attract as little attention as possible, and if a noisy guard dog alerts the neighborhood that something's amiss, then intruders will most likely back off, for fear of being caught.

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