Every year in July and August home break-ins go up dramatically. The average burglar understands that summer is the time of year that most people are out enjoying good weather and exploring the world around them.
What is a Burglar:
A burglar is someone who wants to break into a home quickly, take what they want and get out quickly. Burglars are different from robbers and home invaders because they have no desire to come into contact with home owners and they have no desire to use violence as part of their crime.
Most burglaries are going to happen during daylight hours when nobody is home. The prime time for most burglaries is between 10 am and 3 pm because burglars understand that most people, even if they do not have jobs, will be out taking care of personal or family business at that time and it is less likely that anyone will be home.
The general rule is that a victim would like the timeline of a burglary to be as long as possible and a criminal would like their part of crime to be as short as possible.
A longer time frame allows more time for the burglar to be caught; conversely, the perpetrator of a crime would like the crime to happen as quickly as possible because there is less likelihood of being seen committing the crime, therefore it is less likely that the police will arrive and less likely they will be caught.
A burglar wants to get into a home quickly, take what they want and get out as quickly as possible. On average a burglar will be in a victim’s home only eight to twelve minutes.
Top Places Where Break-ins Occur:
1. 35% of all home break-ins happen right at the front door. Most people who are the victim of a home break-in simply did not lock their door. In Sandy, UT, there were 18 home break-ins in July 2015 and 15 of those were directly related to an unlocked front door and 2 others are also assumed to be due to unlocked front doors.
2. 25% of home break-ins are the result of and owner not locking the back door or side entrances. People seem to assume that if their back door is out of sight for themselves that nobody else is going to think about it either. Nothing could be farther than the truth. If it is out of sight, then it is the exact type of place that a burglar is thinking about to get easy, and unnoticed, access to a home.
3. 22% of break-ins occur at first floor windows. Again, this is due to people not locking their windows either because they forget to lock them or they live in denial.
4. 9% of home break-ins occur due to open and unsecured garage doors. Unfortunately, many people will leave their garage doors open all day because they are doing home projects or other things and having easy access can make their projects easier. Unfortunately, people dramatically underestimate two crucial timelines and it results in the theft of their possessions.
Time laps number one is how long the garage door is open. It is easy to believe that having a garage door open for an hour will be perfectly safe while the owner goes in and out of the garage. The fact is that even doing a simple home project compiled with getting a “quick” drink of water and followed by a bathroom break could easily lead to 20 minutes or more of unoccupied garage.
Time laps number two is how long it takes someone you steal your possessions. It takes less than a minute for a burglar, who is on the lookout for easy opportunities, to see an unattended bicycle in a garage, walk in, and ride it out totally unnoticed.
5. 3 % of home burglaries happen at second story windows. While only a small fraction of burglaries, it is worth noting. If second floor windows border on a secluded back yard or wooded area, an owner may want to take special precautions when securing those windows.
Patterns like these make burglary easier. People are simply forgetful or careless and they many times unintentionally make it extremely easy for a burglar to take advantage of them and steal their possessions. Homeowners must be vigilant with their personal and family safety.
Top Tips to Prevent Home Break-ins:
Lock front doors and windows
Close and lock the garage
Use motion sensor lights around first floor doors and windows
Invest in a home security service
Put up a sign for a security or alarm company in the yard, even if there is none
Put dog bowls in front of the main entrance so it can be seen by would be burglars, regardless if there is a dog or not.