Posted: February 21, 2014
One key to helping protect your home from burglary is knowing the facts about burglaries in the U.S.
What do you think of when you imagine a burglar? Do you imagine a gun-wielding man dressed all in black wearing a mask and carrying a sack with a dollar sign on it? This cartoonish stereotype is actually quite different from the typical burglar.
The majority of burglaries do not involve violence or the use of a weapon, but victims can feel traumatized for months after a break-in. The average dollar loss from a burglary in the United States is just over $2,000, and the most common items stolen include:
Read them and take them into account when planning your own home security strategy.
Here is a bonus statistic: around 87% of burglaries are considered preventable. Your home security strategy should involve several layers of protection. For one thing, families should have clear rules about locking doors and windows before leaving, and about answering the door or talking about upcoming vacations on social networking websites.
It's also not a good idea to "advertise" your travel plans on social networking websites.
Having strong locks on doors and windows and using them consistently is another layer of protection for your home. Finally, a monitored home security system is a great way to tie together a comprehensive home security strategy.
Often, when a burglar sees a yard sign or door decal indicating that a home is protected by a monitored home security system, he goes elsewhere. And for burglars stupid or brazen enough to try anyway, they can count on the incident being reported to authorities immediately upon triggering the security system.
Helping protect your home and family from burglary requires knowledge of the facts about burglary, having a clear plan for preventing burglary, and using burglary prevention techniques to help prevent it.