As a homeowner or a renter, one of the major things that you might be concerned about is getting burglarized. This is a common crime that is committed in many homes. It can put your life at risk, plus you stand to lose your valuables. To get a good understanding of this crime, here are burglary statistics 2020/2021 that you should know.

According to a report by the FBI, a break-in occurs every 30 seconds. 3, 000 break-ins take place every day in the US. Most of these burglaries take place during evening or night time hours. In the UK, 62% of burglaries take place in the evening, with 38% of break-ins taking place in the afternoons. This is because the darkness provides a good cover for the criminal.

71% of residential break-ins take place during weekdays and not weekends. This is because most people are away at school or at work during this time. This fact minimizes chances of anyone raising an alarm, since there is no one at home. That is a reason why it is very important that you lock up securely when leaving for work or school.

59% of burglars access properties through the front entrance. Most of them will gain access to your house by walking in through the front door. That is why it is essential that you use a strong and secure lock. 33% of criminals access a property through the backside, while 7% use a side entrance. 33% of criminals forced the door open, so as to gain access to a house, while 15% walked in through an open door.

Some of the frequently stolen items include electronics, jewellery, car keys, purse, bank cards, laptops, passports, documents and anything else that has personal data. These items are valuable to criminals as they can be used for identity theft. Also, anything that is valuable and can be quickly pawned at a pawn shop will be a target.

47% of burglars admitted to impulsively committing a crime. That means that most of them did not plan the crime. They just saw an opportunity and decided to seize it. That is why it is essential that you do not attract a criminal to your house. Put away any valuable thing that might draw an intruder into your house. Ensure that valuable things cannot be seen from the outside of your house by passersby.

Most people are burglarized by people who know them. Therefore, you need to be careful about your neighbours and people who live around you. Make it hard for someone to know your daily schedule. Avoid sharing personal information about travel plans and trips that you plan on making. Also, try and vary your daily routine as much as possible.

Most burglaries are over in a matter of minutes. This is because the criminal does not want to be spotted, so they will be in and out of the house as fast as possible. Consequently, most criminals will target homes that are easy to break into, as they will be easy to get into and out of in less than 10 minutes.

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