The average dollar loss per burglary increased from $2,120 in 2011 to $2,316 in 2015.5,6 Most home security systems don’t cost nearly this much, and they can help prevent a burglary from occurring in the first place.
Roughly 58% of all burglaries involved forcible entry.7
Damaging, removing, or destroying a door is the most common type of entry used in burglaries.8 Install a SafeWise-recommended high-security door to make your home less penetrable.
Burglars gain entry via open or unlocked doors or windows in more than half of all unoccupied residential break-ins.9 Add a smart lock to your home automation and home security system to control your door locks remotely.
Police solve about 13% of all reported burglaries, mostly due to a lack of witnesses or physical evidence.11
In 2015, 52% of all residential burglaries (in which a time was reported) occurred during the daytime.12 Install interior and exterior motion-activated home security cameras so you can see what’s going on in and around your home when you’re away.
Being the victim of a home burglary can increase the risk of future victimization for burglary, as offenders often target the same residence more than once.13
A home structure fire was reported every eighty-six seconds in 2015 in the US.1 SafeWise recommends installing a smart smoke alarm as part of your home security system so emergency personnel are alerted to a potential fire even if you’re not home.
In 2015, an estimated $14.3 billion in property was lost in US fires.2 Store valuable and irreplaceable items in a fire-resistant safe to help protect them from damage.
Three out of every five deaths caused by home fires occur on properties with no—or inoperable—smoke alarms.3Learn how to properly install and maintain your home’s smoke detectors.
The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.4 Review our Smoke Alarm Buyers Guide to find the best smoke detector for your home.
The majority—70%—of smoke alarm failures are caused by missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.5
More home structure fires take place in January than any other month. The fewest fires are reported in June, July, August, and September.6
Between 2010 and 2014, 46% of all US residential building fires were caused by cooking-related incidents.7
Home electrical fires account for an estimated 15,000 fires each year.8Learn common household electrical hazards and how to fix them.
About 400 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.1 Learn the dangers of CO and consider enhancing your monitored home security system with a CO detector to reduce the risk of poisoning.
In 2014, twenty-eight people died from CO incidents involving portable generators.2
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends installing a battery-operated or battery-backup CO detector near every sleeping area in your home.3 Reference our Carbon Monoxide Detector Buyers Guide to find the best CO detector for your family.
Due to the dangers of CO, twenty-seven states require homes to have CO detectors.4
Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury death for people sixty-five years and older.2Panic pendants—which are available as part of many monitored home security systems—can help your loved one get care quickly in the case of a fall or other emergency.
The highest prescription painkiller overdose rate occurs among middle-aged adults.3Home safety devices like automated pill dispensers can help prevent accidental overdoses.
Compared to five other age groups, people eighty-five years and older have the second-highest rate of suicide. This age group accounts for 19.4% of all reported suicides.4
The risk of being involved in a traffic accident begins to increase at age seventy and is highest among drivers eighty-five and older.5
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages five to twenty-four.1
Each day in the United States, nearly ten people are killed—and more than 1,000 are injured—in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver. Drivers under the age of twenty are involved in the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.2
Sadly, twenty-eight people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. That’s one death every fifty-three minutes.3
In 2014, more than 600 children under the age of twelve died in a motor vehicle accident, and 35% of these children were not restrained in any way.4 Take a look at our Best Car Seats Buyers Guide for a comprehensive review of the top booster and car seats.
These safety and security facts are a bit unnerving, but there are plenty of things you can do to help avoid you or a loved one becoming another statistic. Start by keeping up to date with safety tips and other resources from the SafeWise and increase the security of your home with a home security system.
The SafeWise Team is here to help you keep your home and family safe. Whether you’re looking to pick a security system or identify and remove common risks in your home, we’re here to help you find the best products and well-researched answers. At SafeWise we combine our years of experience in home safety and security with user reviews and feedback to help take the guesswork out of living safe. Learn more