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Keeping Your Family And Home Safe From Burglars

Odds of Burglary in America

How safe are you? If you’ve ever been burglarized, you know the sense of insecurity and fear that follows having your privacy violated, and if you have children, you especially know how important it is to protect your home from burglars, predators, and thieves. How do you keep your family safe and protect your property (and avoid becoming a statistic on an infographic)?

Tips To Protect Your Home From Burglars

  • Make your home look occupied. My husband is a police officer, and confirmed what the infographic states: most burglaries occur in the middle of the day, when occupants are usually at work or out
  • Have good lighting around your home, especially if you have to walk a bit to get to your front door. The fear of being observed can deter burglars from targeting your home. Variable light timers and motion detector lights are terrific
  • Don’t leave property on the lawn to tempt thieves, and don’t leave electronic boxes on the curb with your trash, advertising what is in your house
  • Invest in a home safe for your most important items and documents, one that bolts to the floor
  • Make things difficult for burglars by keeping bushes and shrubbery short so they can’t be used as a hiding place, and always lock all doors and windows when leaving your home or going to sleep (especially the garage door, a major entry point for burglars)
  • Learn about home alarm systems, purchase one for your home, and be sure to display the alarm company lawn sign and window decals as a deterrent (don’t worry about how it looks- homes with these signs are rarely targeted compared to homes without). Make sure to activate alarm even if you leave your home for a short time

    • Billie

      That’s interesting information. I thought the NE would have a higher rate, especially in the New York area.

    • Great tips, thanks.

    • Stefanie

      Interesting info..

    • Great infographic!

    • It’s so very scary.. 🙁

    • This is a great info graph and article. As a student I was surprised that I’m a more likely target but at least I’m home from 10am-3pm more often then not.

    • I live in Houston and THIS WEEK our car was burglarized…nothing was taken because I don’t keep anything in it … but still!


    • Wow, looking at that infographic puts it all in perspective. So scary!

    • Rachel at managedmoms.com

      Good post with lots of interesting stats. Thanks for sharing these tips that can help us keep our house safe 🙂

    • Great tips and information!

    • So happy to see I’m in the 11% area! We still have a house alarm though. You can never be too careful. Great infographic!

    • This is SO interesting to read. We’re the corner house and I always felt that we were a bigger target for whatever reason. I’m happy that it shows on this infographic I was wrong. I was also surprised at the most common time being between 10am-3pm. I would assume in the middle of the night was the most popular time frame.

    • Thanks for the information!

    • nicole @WriteSpell

      Great post. It’s scary -but an unfortunate reality.

    • Anne - Mommy Has to Work

      Interesting! We have an alarm, but never turn it on!

    • After what happened to Lee, this is such great information. Thanks

    • Some great information. Thanks!

    • My apt. in Chicago was broken into. It was awful and scary.

    • monique

      Of couse, I live in the south with the worst crime #s. Figures. There’s someone here at our house 24/7, so that’s probably helpful. It does make me nervous to have woods int he back in our house, though.

    • Wow! Crazy Statistics!

    • Stefani

      Thanks for sharing this info.

    • Yikes, those are scary stats. But good to know.

    • wow, that’s scary since I live in Florida. Thankfully Orlando isn’t in the top 10 (probably 11 though, lol) cities of burglaries.

    • Penelope

      I’m surprised it’s not higher in NYC (but maybe it’s just not fully reported)

    • Penelope

      We’ve actually had two cars stolen already (thus getting the motion detector lights…since then no more stolen cars) and our neighborhood has seen quite a few burglaries over the years.

    • Penelope

      I know, I was thinking of her when I wrote it!

    • Penelope

      Oh my goodness Anne, turn it on, lol… You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you return home 😉

    • Penelope

      One of the houses we are looking at buying is on a corner and as a result of seeing this infographic, I’m MORE interested in purchasing it (the rest are mid-block)

    • I had my house broke in, and it was the worse feeling. The things that were taken were replaced, but the feeling took a long time to go away.

    • Of course I would live in the area with the highest percentage of burglaries. Definitely makes you think.

    • So glad to see that Las Vegas is finally not on a list like this.

    • Thanks for sharing!

    • Wow I can’t believe that our region is so low at 11%. Some great tips too!

    • So scary! Thanks for sharing the info. My mother in law was robbed a couple years ago and she lost all of her very old and very expensive jewelry. 🙁

    • Thanks for all these really great tips. We’ve never been a victim and I hope we never are.

    • 1stopmom

      I did not know so many burglaries happened in the South.

    • Jenn

      so much for the quiet, sleepy South. Wow! I had no idea.

    • We were robbed when we lived in LA and it was during the time I was at work. I was only out of the house from 9-1:30 each day and we were robbed some time during that small window of time. They even used our luggage to neatly transport our belongings.

    • Loved the info…I knew I lived in the wrong place.

    • We make sure we lock up everything important – so in the chance that we do get our home broken into – they’ll have that much harder of a time getting at the important stuff.

      That infographic is informative and scary at the same time!

    • that’s what I was thinking too.

      And btw, I had a dream (the very night I read this) that our house was broke in to. I woke up in a sweat 🙁

    • Penelope

      Oh my gosh, they even used your luggage?? I’m speechless!

    • Great tips!

    • abby

      All these safety tips are great!

    • Abbot

      You have great information about keeping your family safe from burglars. That infographic is easy to understand. But i can’t imagine it. Thanks for posting. I loved it….. 🙂

    • Alex

      Whoa those really are insanely scary statistics. I was debating whether to get a security system, I think this pretty much proves it’s a great idea.

    • Gart

      I live in Houston, I can’t believe that. I’ve never felt anything but safe here. That is insane.

    • Fantastic. I’m young and live in a middle block of houses without an alarm. Suppose I better get one.