In the U.S., a burglary occurs every 15 seconds, primarily at residential properties. Recently, the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation (AIREF) released a study on the impact of a burglary from the victim’s vantage point. The results were startling, both in understanding burglars and victims.
Here are the Top 10 things you should know from the home invasion report to avoid being a victim:
Levels of fear of being burglarized increased after the burglary for 69% of respondents.
Only 29% of victims reported having a security system at the time of the burglary.
When asked about anticipated security improvements after the burglary, the most common change was installing a new alarm system (35%). The next most common changes were leaving on inside and outside lights.
Nearly 60% of burglars said they would consider the presence of wireless nanny cams or other surveillance equipment when selecting a target, and more than 40% said that would cause them to choose another home to hit.
Nearly 90% of burglars indicated their top reason for invading a home was to acquire drugs (51%) or money (37%), which was often used to support drug habits.
Only 12% of burglars admitted to planning the heist and 41% indicated it was a “spur of the moment” event. This means you never know when a burglar might strike, as often they don’t even plan.
The most common security measures reported to be in place at the time of the burglary were: leaving indoor lighting on, having a security sign, and owning a dog.
Less than 15% of homes that were burglarized had an active alarm system at the time of the incident.
Two-thirds of houses with security systems indicated the local alarm company was actively monitoring the system at the time of the burglary.
The primary reason mentioned for not having an alarm at the time of the burglary was that victims were renters at the residence. Further, almost 20% reported cost as a reason for not having an alarm, although 14% said they were thinking about getting an alarm.