The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association
Estimates that nearly one-third of all burglars enter through the front door. In addition:
More than 30 percent of burglars enter residences through an unlocked door, window, or other opening without force. Around 60 percent of burglars use forcible entry to gain access to a home.
Typically, burglars spend less than 60 seconds breaking into a home.
Homes without alarm systems are three times more likely to be burglarized than those with an alarm system.
Safety tips for you!
Check windows and doors: Make sure they’re locked before leaving the home
Install motion-detecting lights: A burglar’s best friend is a dark home. Motion-detecting lights can deter burglars from breaking into your home.
Install a home alarm system: Make sure to activate it every time you leave home.
Tell people you’re out of town—the right people: Tell local authorities or your neighborhood watch program you will be gone. Ask them to drive by your house and check on it occasionally.
Don’t announce online that you’re going on vacation: Burglars can use social media to find out who isn’t home.
Stop deliveries: Put your newspaper and mail delivery on hold while you are away or have someone pick it up for you. A pile of newspapers or mail overflowing from your mailbox is an indicator to burglars that no one is home
And finally, we encourage you to prepare an inventory of everything in their home and keep a copy off-site. If they become a victim of a theft crime,they will know exactly what needs to be replaced. Content provided by Safeco Insurance