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.

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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

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