Anatomy Of A Burglary

This weeks’ topic is the Anatomy of a Burglary

I came across this interesting infographic in the Washington Post recently called “Anatomy of a Burglary,” which reveals some fascinating statistics about break-ins, including a few ways to protect your valuables and deter thieves.

Some interesting facts:

  • Most burglaries occur between 10AM and 3PM.
  • The typical house burglar is a male teenager who lives within a couple of miles of your home.
  • Burglars spend on an average between 8 and 12 minutes inside your home.

Not only did the graphic detail the most common entry points for a burglar, but it also offered these helpful tips for protecting your home:

A home with a security system is 3 times less likely to be broken into than a home without a security system. (Even if you don’t have one, buying the stickers for them can deter an amateur.)

  • Consider alternatives to the master bedroom for hiding valuables. It’s the first place most burglars go.
  • Burglars want to spend fewer than 60 seconds breaking in. Anything you can do to lengthen that time will increase the likelihood they’ll pass on your house.
  • The appearance of an unoccupied home is what typically attracts burglars. Not bringing the garbage cans back up a few days after trash day can be a big sign you’re not around.

For a detailed look at the visit the Washington Post infographic.

Protect your home and your valuables! Common sense is often enough to keep you from becoming a victim.  And remember: Keep an inventory of your possessions for insurance purposes. RhinoSure can help you cover any damages to your property too.

Quality of your neighborhood got you nervous? Looking to move to a nicer zip code? I’d be glad to help you find a safer home. Call me, Mike Cribbin at 314-954-6500 or drop me an email at mike@cribbinrealty.com