Burglary victims have a one-in-four probability of being burgled again. If you break into a house, you're likely to be caught or chased away by someone who lives there. But if no one is home, it doesn't matter whether the door is locked or not: You can walk in and take what you want.
The most common way for burglars to get into houses is through doors or windows. Locks on doors and windows help keep out intruders. But even with these precautions in place, you're still at risk. Burglars can sometimes pick locks, force open doors, and break windows with tools such as sledgehammers or axes. They may also signal when they're coming by ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door.
People often think that crime waves are caused by changes in the weather or some other natural phenomenon, but this isn't true. Crime waves are usually triggered by something traumatic that happens to an individual criminal or group of criminals. For example, an armed robbery might trigger other crimes against people or property because it makes other people afraid to carry cash or credit cards.
Burglaries are among the most prevalent crimes in the country, with one occurring every 108 seconds. Among them, victims have a 25% probability of being burgled again. This article explores some of the factors that determine whether you will be a victim of multiple burglaries.
Households experience an average of 1-4 burglaries during their lifetime. About 10% of all households are hit by multiple burglaries. Burglary is a crime that can strike anyone at any time, but it is often committed by repeat offenders looking for easy targets. There are several factors that determine how likely you are to be victimized by multiple burglars.
Number of items stolen: If your house is broken into and a lot of valuable items are taken, there's a good chance that they will return to look for more. Thieves know that people usually have very few opportunities to secure their property so they will go to great lengths to find it. If you have numerous small items worth less than $5,000, there's a good chance that someone will take them.
If your house is broken into and a large amount of merchandise is gone, it may be because you have a retail theft problem. If your neighborhood is full of shops that get robbed frequently, there's a good chance that they will continue to target your area.
According to burglary statistics, offenders frequently return to the same property (or flat), especially if no intervention is taken to increase security. In fact, one out of every three burglaries is a repeat. As a result, once a home has been burglarized, there is a good likelihood that it will be broken into again. Burglars look for easy access through unsecured doors or windows, and they are usually looking for items to steal. If you have valuable possessions, make sure that you take measures to protect them.
Most burglars target homes during the day when people are likely to be away from their property. This may be because these criminals believe that no one will be around to notice if they take some time to search for items to steal. Of course, this assumption is wrong; people do need protection at night, so try not to let this factor influence your decision not to install surveillance cameras.
Surveillance cameras can help prevent crime by providing evidence that can lead to arrests. They can also help homeowners recover items that were stolen in past crimes. Finally, surveillance cameras can help reduce feelings of insecurity for family members. It's important to note that surveillance cameras cannot guarantee that crimes will not happen, but they can provide useful information that may help police identify suspects.
In conclusion, burglars look for easy access through unsecured doors or windows, and they are usually looking for items to steal.
Do burglars return to the same home? According to a confused.com poll, one in every six (17%) burglary victims has been targeted three times or more. A whopping 65% of those were on the same property!
The best way to protect yourself is to prevent your house from being broken into in the first place. Here are some other suggestions:
Have a secure door with a peephole and lock it when you go out.
Choose trusted neighbors who will call police if they see anything suspicious.
Install security cameras that monitor your property overnight.
If you must leave something valuable inside during vacation, hire a babysitter or use a neighbor's service.
Don't act as a lookout while friends go in for a quick look around. If someone sees you, they may think no one is home and not come back later for more items to steal.
Get professional advice from an armed robbery detective about how to make your home less attractive to thieves.
Unfortunately, following one "successful" burglary, burglars are more likely to return and target the same residence. According to certain surveys, just 1.2 percent of burgled households suffered 29 percent of all burglaries. Repeat burglaries are also common, with 25% occurring within one week and 51% occurring within one month after the first. Burglars usually return because they find something worth taking or because they get caught by police.
With repeat crime so prevalent, it's important for homeowners to take measures to prevent further break-ins. A security system is your best defense against thieves. The more sensors that detect unauthorized activity, the better protection you have. If you only have a doorbell, an intruder can simply run up and down the street until someone answers the door. But with a motion sensor too, people will stay inside instead of going outside to be greeted by a ringtone.
In addition to security systems, other methods can help prevent burglars from returning. For example, lock boxes provide a secure way for residents to store their keys while still being able to access them when needed. These boxes can be installed on doors or at garage entrances, and they work by allowing authorized users to open the box with a special code. When the owner wants to leave for vacation or visit a friend without leaving his/her house empty, they can give the key to another trusted person or pet. When they return, they can simply enter a new code to re-lock the box and prevent others from using it.
Burglary rates fell from 701 per 100,000 people to 542 per 100,000 people, a 22% decrease. Larceny-theft rates decreased 14%. Vehicle thefts dropped by 36%, while house robberies declined by 25%.
The national average cost of a burglary is $9,632. Losses due to crime else where than property damage and injury total more than $145 billion annually. Of that amount $35.8 billion comes from losses to businesses and $107.3 billion comes from losses to individuals through theft or vandalism.
In 2010, there were an estimated 10 million residential burglaries committed across the country. Each year, nearly one in five homes is robbed. Burglars usually focus on houses with cars in the driveway or outside doors that are left open. They can tell when you aren't home because they know where you keep your keys and will break into an empty house.
Criminologists believe that increases in homeownership and economic improvement have reduced crime over time. However, violence and homicides have increased over the past few decades. This could be due to more people living in urban areas and having access to guns, or it could be due to the increase in drug trafficking and use.