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Home Burglary Statistics to Keep in Mind

Published 03/30/2018 by General Security


Being burglarized is perhaps the worst nightmare of every homeowner. Keeping loved ones and belongings safe is therefore a top priority. Installing an effective home security system can substantially reduce this risk. So can staying up to date on home burglary statistics.


According to a Special Report by the U.S. Department of Justice, there are certain times of year in which different types of crimes increase.

Titled “Season Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends,” the report analyzed data from 1993 to 2010, finding: “Seasonal patterns existed in household larceny and burglary victimization rates. Rates of these household crimes [also known as property crimes] tended to be higher in the summer than during other seasons of the year.”

“In all but three years (1999, 2005, and 2008), rates of burglary appeared highest in summer,” it continues. “On average, household burglary rates were approximately 11% lower in winter, 9% lower in spring, and about 6% lower in fall than in summer.”

Property crime rates also fluctuate, depending upon city.

The Seattle Times reviewed FBI data to identify U.S. cities with the highest and lowest property crime rates per 100,000 people. Its October 2017 article names Albuquerque, N.M., Tulsa, Okla., and Tucson, Ariz. as the three cities with the most reported property crimes.

However, in terms of sheer volume, New York and Los Angeles—while both in the top 10 for lowest rates—tally the most burglary-related property crimes.

Pew Research Center also examined crime rates within the United States and the frequency in which people report them.

In an updated January 2018 article originally published in February 2017 the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit notes a drop in property crime rates. While “generally far more common than violent crime,” it states, property crimes have actually decreased from 1993 to 2016.

“There was no documented increase in the property crime rate between 2014 and 2016,” either, the article notes.

What’s even more interesting is the underreporting among victims of property crimes. Referencing recent Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the piece explains that only about 36% of victims notify authorities. There are several explanations as to why, according to BJS, including “a feeling that police ‘would not or could not do anything to help’ or that the crime is ‘a personal issue or too trivial to report,’” states the article.

When only one-third of victims are reporting these crimes, it’s near-impossible to know exactly how many take place annually across the United States. It's therefore important to secure your home and business, regardless, since ultimately, even just one is too much.

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