Burglary: All It Takes Is 13 Seconds
Before you finish reading this paragraph, someone’s home is being broken into and a family is dancing with danger. That’s how long it takes to take someone’s peace of mind and how long it takes to change someone’s life forever — 13 seconds.
Every 13 seconds, a home in America is attacked by burglars according to the crime statistics of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. By definition, burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft and the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred. In 2010, more than two million cases of break-ins were reported accounting for the 24% of property crimes that year.
It also seems that homeowners are making it easy for criminals to break-in. The FBI reported that more than 30% of entries were without force, almost welcoming burglars into the victim’s homes. Sounds astounding? Here are 13 other facts about burglary that you need to know to ensure the security of your home and protect your family:
Most burglars are apparently not that discreet as we expected them to be. The most common point of entry is not the back door, garage or other erstwhile secret passages. It is the front door that is often left opened or unlocked. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011, 34% of break-ins are through a front door. Just a good push or kick is enough for an old door.