There are more than five million residential burglaries each year in the United States, and most of them could have been prevented.
To reduce your chances of being burglarized by 38%, all you need to do is lock your doors and windows!
Burglars actively choose their targets, and will assess a neighborhood by looking for the easiest houses to break into. Ones that have overgrown landscaping providing places to hide, ones that have doors and windows that are unlocked or open, and ones that have older window panes and door frames that are easy to pry open all make easy targets.
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Despite the common fear that a burglary will take place in the middle of the night when you are at home and asleep, most residential burglaries actually occur during the daytime and during business hours. This is because people who steal do not want to be caught by an irate homeowner who calls the police.
Burglars make the common assumption that people will be away during the day and homes will be vacant.
The safest neighborhoods tend to have residents who work varying hours and neighbors who are at home during the day who can spot suspicious activity and call the police.
Did You Know?
Most residential burglaries actually occur during the daytime and during business hours.