10 Things You Didn't Know About Burglars

According to the FBI statistics in 2010, over 2.1 million burglaries occurred in the United States. That comes out to about 5,700 burglaries per day. You may wonder, what kind of person commits these terribly invasive acts?  Why do they do it? How do they decide which home to invade?  Get educated and protect your home with by learning these simple stats and preparing yourself with a home security system.
Ten facts you may not know about thieves and burglaries:
1. The typical burglar is an inexperienced teenage male
2. On average, the thief works just a mile or two from his home
3. Most home invasions occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the residents are working
4. About 34% of the time, thieves go in the front door, 23% of the time they go through the first-floor window and 22% of the time they go in the back door. Often these points of entry are unlocked.
5. 65% of burglaries happen in residential areas
6. The first stop for a thief is the master bedroom
7. Trees or shrubs by a home give thieves additional places to hide
8. Burglars prefer to rob an unoccupied home
9. Burglars will take any item they can pawn or sell at a yard sale or flea market
10. They spend an average of 8 to 12 minutes going through your things
Three Tips that May Help You Avoid a Break-in include: 1. Start or join a neighborhood safety watch. 2. Avoid discussing where unknown people can hear you or posting on social media sites (like Facebook), dates/times when you will be out of the home. This may alert a potential intruder when to target your home. 3. Do not use a "beware of dog sign." It may signal to an intruder you do not have a security alarm and that the back door might be left open to allow easy access for the pet. Most burglars are non-confrontational. They will not go into areas where they could possibly be trapped like a basement or attic. They like single-story residences. Corner homes are not preferred. Townhomes are attractive to thieves because they often have inadequate locks on sliding glass doors and secluded back yards. In fact, most burglars do not like to deal with locks at all, instead, counting on open doors and windows to make entry. Also, some burglars will check for a calendar where family activities are noted to decide on a good date to make a return visit to a home. Often, these calendars are posted on the refrigerator and include vacation and trip dates on them that an intruder might take note of. What Deters a Thief Since most thieves prefer to rob unoccupied homes, do anything you can to make your home appear occupied. This includes putting a car in the driveway, installing motion lights and/or keeping a radio or TV on with timers. Make sure you stop your mail and newspaper deliveries. If a thief sees a home security system or a residential security alarm, it will most likely deter them. In fact, not having a security system triples your chances of being robbed. However, if the sign is broken, it may signal that you are no longer using the burglar alarm equipment which could make your home vulnerable again.