Many of us may be aware of how to prevent our homes from being a target to burglars, but understanding when burglars tend to strike and what they look for will help greatly with preventing your home from being burglarized. Do you know what time of year or day of the week in which most burglaries occur? Well, let’s find out.
Warmer Weather, More Burglaries
Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer, and with that, people start opening up their windows to enjoy the breeze. Although this is something that many of us do and enjoy, this also happens to be the time of year the in-home burglaries are on the rise. You may have your windows open and leave to run your errands forgetting that you didn’t close your windows. With that mistake, a burglar has just gained the perfect point of entry into your home.
Spring and Summer are the two times during the year that burglaries are on the rise because of the fact that people open up their homes more. It is crucial to make sure that you don’t allow your home to be vulnerable to burglars. Something we may not realize is that most burglars are people who live no more than 2 miles away from your home. This can be someone who lives in or around your neighborhood. They know the area well, and depending on whether or not you live in tract homes, they may also know the exact layout of your home. July and August are times when burglaries are the highest. Families are on vacation for long period of time, which gives the burglar not only more time in your house, but time to take bigger items. During the times when families are out vacationing is when people become have the highest chance of their entire home being burglarized and having everything taken.
When Will a Burglary Take Place?
Regardless of the time of year, burglaries are most likely to occur between the hours of 10a.m. and 3p.m. It may not come as a surprise that most burglaries occur during the hours that people are most likely to be away from the home. People are at work, kids are at school and for a burglar, and this is just the setting they need to take action. More than half of the burglaries that take place occur during the daytime.
One in every 36 homes in the U.S. will be burglarized, so it is important that you take the necessary precautions to help prevent your home from being one of the victims to this crime. Consequently, about every 13 seconds a burglary takes place and once the burglar has gained access in your home they are there for no longer than 15 minutes. Believe it or not, the most common point of entry for a burglar is actually the front door. Burglars want to look as innocent as possible which is why they will knock and try the front door first.
Most burglars go straight for the master bedroom. Knowing this, do not keep valuables out. Burglars are looking for items that are easy to take and easy to sell. Items like jewelry or electronics are perfect to steal because they are essentially untraceable and easy to pawn. Having burglar deterrents is key to giving your home more protection. For those who want to be absolutely certain their home is protected, there are also options such as a home security systems, home alarm systems, or even dummy cameras. Regardless of how much you want to spend, home security is affordable for everyone.
Take Action Before a Burglar Does
The harder you make it to get into your home the lower your chances are for a burglar to try to break in. Obviously, make sure you lock your doors and windows while you are away from your home. No matter how safe you feel that your neighborhood is, it’s not worth risking your home being burglarized.
There are simple and affordable ways to protect your home and give you peace of mind while you are away. Having deadbolt locks and maintaining the plants and bushes in your yard will also help keep away potential burglars (fewer places to hide). If you are going on vacation it is a really good idea to have either a neighbor keep an eye on your house or have someone house sit. Ask whoever is watching your home to collect newspapers from your driveway to prevent your home from looking vacant. Although burglaries are most likely to occur during the day, you want to make sure your home still looks occupied at night. Keeping a couple of lights on a timer will usually do the trick.
Become Aware of Burglars Tactics
It is important that you are aware of the people that are around you. As mentioned before, some burglars will actually knock or ring the doorbell to check if someone is home. If you are home and answer, they may act like they are selling something or ask for directions somewhere. For many of us we may want to help this person out because they seem innocent, but knowing this is what burglars do can help prevent any burglaries. If you ever notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the local authorizes. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your home, family, and personal belongings. If your home even looks like it will take too long to get into, chances are the burglar will skip your home and try somewhere else.
Knowing that burglars are out and about more this time of year because of the warm weather approaching us, make sure that your home and family are protected. The little things we do to secure our home can make a big difference in the long run.