7 Surprising Home Burglary Facts and How a Security System Can Help Keep You Safe

7 Surprising Home Burglary Facts and How a Security System Can Help Keep You Safe

June 14, 2021 by

While crime doesn’t happen every day, it does happen quite often. Sometimes, it’s not just any crime, but the worst kind: intruders targeting your home, endangering your family, and stealing or damaging your belongings, some of which can be exceptionally expensive or of significant sentimental value.

Most people, though, don’t spend too much time thinking about it. After all, why worry about something that might not happen or something you can’t change? Well, it is something that you can change and, more importantly, there are a lot of facts you may not know about burglary that could completely change your impression of it.

Here, we’ll run down what the biggest stand-out facts about robbery are, and tell you why you need a home security system from an expert group like ours at Canadian Security Professionals.

The Profile

Did you know that a typical burglar is an inexperienced teenage male? This means that while you shouldn’t always profile, you do have an idea of who to look out for when it comes to burglary. It’s also of particular relevance to know that most robbers work fairly close to home, something like about a block or two away. This means that people who live nearby and who you might even see on a regular basis could turn out to be the exact type of people casing your home and getting ready to rob you. You’ll also find that most break-ins are from non-professionals that are often desperate and dangerous.

As well, it is likely to hit your family, with 90% of all burglaries taking place in residential areas. Your office is much safer than your home in this case, but do you really want to settle for that when a home security system is so easy and seamless to set up?

How it Happens

Another important fact to remember is just how exactly a theft happens. There are approximately 500 burglaries every day in Canada or once every 2 to 3 minutes. This is quite a high occurrence rate when you think about it. Even more alarming, the average robber can break into your home in less than 60 seconds. From there, they might spend anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes going through your things.

That’s right, at any moment, in less than 10 minutes your home could be robbed. Also, many break and enters occur using force of some kind, meaning they may be armed with rocks or crowbars.

The Numbers

There are over 500 burglaries and 4000 property crimes a day. Added up, that equals over 1.5 million robberies and property crimes per year. You could be one of the lucky ones, but then again, you might not. So, why take the risk? Another stand-out fact is that only 17% of homes have a security system. If you join those who are protected, you instantly become less of a target.

Summer Months

When the going gets hot, the criminals get busy. On average, burglaries rise about 10% between June and August. In fact, in June more people are stolen from than in any other month. Interestingly, August is a lower month of crime.

Rural vs. Urban Divide

Intriguingly, while you might expect the big cities to be the place where crime and burglary run rampant, the statistics actually bear out in the opposite direction. Rural areas are more likely to be burglarized, possibly due to higher poverty and unemployment rates.

Renting Risk

If you’re a renter and already not on the higher-end of the income scale, then you’re even more likely to be burglarized. This trend has continued for decades.

The Good News

There is a silver lining in all of this scary stuff. The fact is that burglaries are actually on the decline overall. Over the years, just as all crimes have declined, robberies have become less common. This can be partly attributed to technological advances and more people securing their homes with security systems, cameras and smart home systems.

Why You Need a Home Security System

Hopefully, reading this has made things clearer. Robberies happen extremely frequently and they can happen quickly, right under your nose. More importantly, robbers can be inexperienced, desperate, and dangerous.

Do you want your family to be at risk because you didn’t get a security system? Our gut tells us the answer is no. This is why you need a home security system. Burglars are everywhere and you never know when they might strike.

Modern systems are capable of offering 24/7 monitoring, as well as detailed logs about who is visiting and when. You can check your cameras from the office, and you can lock and open doors and lights as needed to scare away criminals. Plus, you’ll have motion sensors and other alarms that will trip when an intruder invades. With all of this, you become much less of a target as burglars tend to break into homes and businesses that don’t have a security system or seem to be easier targets.

If you want true safety, then you need a good home security system, and at Canadian Security Professionals, we can offer you the exact type of services you need. Not only that, we can go through your home layout and tailor your security exactly to your needs and price-levels. With all the advantages and none of the risk, why wouldn’t you have a home security system installed? After all, you can’t put a price on your peace of mind and your physical safety.

Closing Thoughts

There’s a lot to know about burglaries. From the hard numbers, to who does it, to how it happens, the more you know, the safer you are. However, all of this knowledge is a moot point if you can’t capitalize on it to protect your home and your family. That’s why it’s important for you to get a home security system, as it will protect all the things you hold dear while offering a suite of convenient features that you soon won’t be able to live without.

Perhaps after learning all about burglary and the ways that it can happen has sparked a small bit of anxiety. Well, there’s no need to worry because we at Canadian Security Professionals are here to offer you the best home video monitoring capable of keeping you safe and secure from robbers and other criminals. If you want to get started and set up, reach out to us at 1-877-229-7252, or try our contact page here.

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