Safety and Home Security Statistics and Facts
Knowledge and understanding are the two most important components of a complete home security strategy. To help you stay informed about home security, SafeWise has compiled a list of facts and statistics based on the most recent crime data available.
Property Crime Statistics and Facts:
- The number of property crimes committed in 2013 totaled about 8.6 million—approximately 4.1% less than in 20125.
- In 2013, it was estimated that the losses from all reported property crimes totaled $16.6 billion5.
- More than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States4.
- Criminals target renters and homeowners at similar rates4.
- 37.4% of property crimes in the United States in 2013 occurred in the South, followed by the West with 23.5%, the Midwest with 21.4%, and the Northeast with 17.7%5.
Burglary Statistics and Facts:
- A burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States. Given that the average person reads about 300 words per minute, by the time you finish reading these stats, 3 more homes will have been burglarized somewhere in America4.
- Over 5,400 burglaries happen every day in the United States5.
- In 2013, burglaries account for $4.5 billion in lost property5.
- Between 2003 and 2007 an average of 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year, totaling approximately 18.5 million burglaries in total over 5 years1.
- About 61% of all burglaries are committed by forcible entry5.
- Damaging, removing, or destroying a door is the most common type of entry used in burglaries1.
- About 30% of all burglaries occur with the offender entering through an open or unlocked door4.
- The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months4.
- 85% of break-ins are committed by non-professional criminals, eaning they are more likely to be desperate and dangerous, and less likely to have planned the burglary4.
- Police usually only solve about 13% of all reported burglaries mostly due to a lack of witnesses or physical evidence4.
- 74% of all burglaries reported in 2013 were on residential property5.
- 65% of all residential burglaries in whicha time is reported occur during the daytime5.
Assault Statistics and Facts:
- 1 in every 3 assaults committed in residential homes are due to burglaries4.
- A household member was present in roughly 1 million burglaries in 2010, and became a victim of violence about 27% of the time1.
- In 65% of all violent burglaries committed in 2010, the perpetrators and victims knew each other1.
- The highest rate of burglaries committed with a household member present occurred in homes occupied by single females with children1.
Fire Safety Statistics and Facts:
- An estimated $12 billion in personal property is lost in fires every year3.
- 3 out of every 5 deaths caused by a fire in the home occur on properties without working smoke alarms2.
- The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms3.
- Smoke alarms are present in only 73% of all reported home fires3.
- The majority of smoke alarm failures are caused by missing, disconnected, or dead batteries2.
- About 48% of all residential building fires are caused by a cooking-related incident3.
Home Security Statistics and Facts
- There are an estimated 18 million home security systems curently installed in the US4.
- Homes without security or alarm systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into4.
- The average amount of stolen property from a burglarized home with a security system totals $3,000, compared to $5,000 in stolen property when a home doesn't have a security system4.
- 85% of police officials surveyed believed that home monitoring systems help deter burglary attempts4.
- Some insurance providers offer discounts up to 20% when a home security system is intalled4.
These home-security related statistics and facts can seem intimidating, but there are plenty of things you can do to stay safe. Keep yourself up-to-date with safety tips and other resources from the SafeWise blog, and feel more secure in your home.
- 1. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/vdhb.pdf
- 2. http://www.nfpa.org/research/reporats-and-statistics/fire-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms-in-us-home-fires
- 3. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
- 4. http://www.safeguardtheworld.com/statistics.html
- 5. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/tables/1tabledatadecoverviewpdf/table_1_crime_in_the_united_states_by_volume_and_rate_per_100000_inhabitants_1994-2013.xls#overview