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Most Common Times for Home Burglaries

The home you live in should be your escape; it's a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself while feeling safe and secure from the busy, outside world. When we purchase a home, we always want to be able to protect the people and possessions within it, which means doing everything we can to guard it.

To protect our homes, there is a wide variety of tools and tricks we can use to deter burglaries and damage. Some of the most common options include home security systems, safes, exterior lighting, and guard dogs. Investing in these kinds of things can help to decrease the likelihood of theft in your home, as most thieves will look for homes that are less guarded and easier to enter.

For those who are thinking about investing in security for home properties, it may be helpful to know that homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be broken into.

For those who want to know more about home burglaries in the hopes of deterring them in their neighborhood, it's important to know the common patterns of burglars and what to watch out for. According to home burglary statistics, about 30% of the 200,000 break-ins that occur every year in the U.S. take place through an open or unlocked window or door.

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In terms of timing, burglars often have specific times that they like to strike homes. Further your protection by recognizing these times throughout the year and how you can decrease your chance of a break in.

Time of Day

Many people assume that burglars will more commonly break in during the dead of night; this assumption is usually because of the way the media has portrayed thieves. In reality, a large amount of the break-ins that occur take place in the middle of the day when most homeowners are out of the house. This means that the most common times for break-ins occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when residents are commonly at work and school, and burglars have more time to raid the property.

This is where integrated home security systems can really make an impact. Homeowners who use integrated security can access their security system from a phone or iPad and view any of their installed cameras even when they're away from home. The 24/7 peace of mind makes being away from home much more comforting and keeps the home safe.



Aside from knowing the most common times for burglaries, it may also be helpful for homeowners to know the most popular time of year for break-ins. It's been reported that the summer season is the most common time for home break-ins, for a number of reasons.

First, homes are much more likely to be left empty during the summer season, when lots of homeowners are on vacation or away on trips for consecutive days. The summer months are also popular for break-ins when many homeowners are less diligent about locking their doors and closing windows.

Often, homeowners open up their entryways in the hotter months to decrease their air conditioner use but forget to close them again at nighttime. For burglars, the summertime creates more opportunities because of empty houses, increased entryway accessibility, and decreased diligence by homeowners.

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How to Avoid Theft During Common Times

If you want to keep your home safe, there are a few things you can do to deter theft. The first is to make your home appear to be occupied even when you are away for the day or on an extended vacation. You can do this by setting timers for lights, paying someone to get your mail, and even leaving a car in the driveway. These practices are especially helpful to avoid those common daytime break-ins when burglars are assuming that most homes will be unoccupied for the day.

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At nighttime, be sure to close all of your windows and doors and try to leave curtains closed once it gets dark. Homes that have open curtains or blinds are often exposed to outside viewers who can see into the home perfectly and memorize the home's layout.

A wireless security system is a great way to keep track of your home and to get the fastest response from authorities in the case of suspicious activity.

As a homeowner, it's good to know about the common trends in your area when it comes to break-ins. If you're currently in the market for a new home, be sure to talk to local neighbors and do your research about neighborhoods before deciding on a location. Aside from the suggested tips, this can be very helpful in further decreasing the chance of a break-in within your home.





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