Burglaries happen on average about every 18 seconds in the United States. That’s 200 in an hour, 4,800 each day, and about 144,000 each month. For 2017 the FBI reported an estimated 1,401,840 burglaries that year and $3.4 billion in property losses ($2,416 average lost per offense). These are startling statistics but with the right taken precautions, you can secure your properties to stay free of burglary-related damage and give your tenants the right advice to keep them and their valuables safe.
This article will give insight for what the average burglar looks for when scoping a potential house, and tips to improve your properties’ home security.
When Burglaries Happen
Prime time is simply whenever there are few distractions. This is when nobody is home, the weather is nice, and properties have little security. Contrary to the stereotype seen in movies or TV, break-ins happen between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., with 65% of burglaries occurring between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.. This is because most people are at work, school, or running errands around town. Most neighbors won’t suspect workmen coming and going from your house in the late morning or early afternoon moving heavy objects into a truck or van. Suggest to your tenants about giving a neighborly goodbye notice to the properties adjacent to them whenever they’re planning to move, this will help the neighbors catch anything suspicious.
Another alarming disguise are burglars posing as salesmen. They will knock on your door to see what hours of the day the home might be empty. If someone answers the door they’ll search for any valuables in sight, and if they’re invited inside, they might ask to look around or do some digging when a back is turned. Inform your tenants to be cautious of solicitors and if your properties compose an entire neighborhood or development consider placing a not soliciting policy.
The warm summer months, primarily July and August, are the target for most break-ins. This is because snow, fallen leaves, and cold temperatures don’t pose as an obstacle but also windows and doors are left open for air flow. Even easier for burglars, these months are the highlight of tourism, granting a higher chance that the tenants are away vacationing. The care-free feeling of a relaxing summer can let our guards down as we’re relaxing but the general rule of thumb should be, the home is on lockdown with alarms on when nobody is home. Try to also keep windows open only in rooms that you’re occupying in the summer months.
How the Break-Ins Happen
Almost 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window around the home, a separate 34% enter through the front door. What will make a potential entrance more appealing is if the burglar can be hidden behind overgrown vegetation. Keep the landscaping in your properties well-kept with a fresh trim of the shrubs and trees, and don’t overlook alarming your windows as well as your doors.
Someone is home during THREE out of every ten burglaries! At close to a frightening one third of every break-in, this statistic is reason enough to get home security installed in your properties asap. Statistics show that 7% of the break-ins with a person home, the victims experienced a violent crime. Any victim that is home when a burglary happens (witness or not) experience the most trauma.
Inspect Your Security, Evaluate, and Take Action
It’s important to take action to get your properties the best security possible so you don’t risk losing great tenants that doubt the safety of your neighborhood. Once someone breaks into a home it can leave the tenants feeling extremely violated, that their sense of safety and privacy have been taken. This feeling is not something that can be simply brought back or repaired by kind words and promises.
Written by Kyle Graves: Property Meld Blog Editor