The mission of GHS is to inform and protect customers and prospects alike, and to provide you with peace of mind, through the best available protection for your family, home and business.

The purpose of this blog is to arm the public with knowledge of how to best protect your family and loved ones from the eminent threat of burglary, which according to the FBI, occurs every 14 seconds in America.

The diagram below, courtesy of the Washington Post, depicts the timing, targets, and most likely points of entry that a typical burglar will use when breaking and entering. 

  Beware of Bad Guys: What They Look for When Breaking/Entering

Did you know?

The typical house burglar is a male teenager who lives within a couple of miles of the homes he will burglarize. The chance of actually being victimized by a professional is quite low in comparison. Being aware of this fact can help you identify possible threats in your neighborhood.

Timing:

  • Every 14.6 seconds a burglary takes place in the U.S.
  • Most burglaries occur between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (Wikipedia also adds weekdays, and August as the highest month for burglary rates in the U.S.).
    • Tip: Burglars look for homes that appear unoccupied, and residential homes tend to be empty during the above hours because most people are at work. If you’re out of the house during those hours and are concerned about burglaries in your neighborhood, consider setting a random timer to turn the TV or radio on during those hours. 
    • Tip: If you have a second car, keep it out in the driveway while you’re at work. 
    • Tip: Do you use gardening services or other home maintenance services like window cleaning? Schedule those services (which don’t require you to be at home, but create activity around the grounds and discourage theives) during those prime theft hours.
  • Burglars spend an average of 8 to 12 minutes in your home.
    • Tip: If a thief does get into your home, you can prevent the loss of your valuable objects by making them harder to find than within those 12 minutes. Forget about common places such as the dresser drawer, bedroom closet, and freezer. Instead, consider hiding things in plain sight. The illustrated manual below by Charles Robinson suggests a few clever DIY hiding spots. 

Learn how to hide things in plain sight
Read the entire manual, here: The Construction of Secret Hiding Places (PDF)

Targets in the Home:

  • 65.8% of burglaries are residential.
  • Homes without security systems, such as those provided by GHS, are about 3 times more likely to be broken into then homes with security systems.
    • Tip: If you don’t have a security system installed in your house, contact an expert at GHS today for your free home-threat assessment and quote.
  • The master bedroom is where most burglars stop first, because this is where most people store their valuables.
    • Tip: If this is where you store your most valuable possessions, think about moving them elsewhere in your home.
  • Cash, jewelry, and electronic equipment, as well as silver and guns are the common burglar’s favorite items to steal, because they are easy to sell.
    • Tip: If you have any of the items above, consider keeping them in a locked safe somewhere hidden in your home.

Primary Entry Points for Thieves:

  • 34% of thieves gain entry through the front door.
  • 23% gain access through first floor windows.
  • 22% use the back door.
  • 9% use the garage.
  • 6% use unlocked entrances and storage areas.
  • 4% use the basement.
  • 2% come in through the second floor.

Precautions You Can Take:

  • Burglars search for homes that appear unoccupied. A car in the driveway, motion-sensitive exterior lights, interior lights that are turned on, and radios and TVs on timers all give the impression that someone is in the home. If you plan to be out of town, follow the above advice and and have neighbors keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
  • Burglars want to spend no more than 60 seconds attempting to break into a home. If you take measures that raise this time, say deadbolt locks or bars on windows, the burglar might change his mind and decide not to attempt entry.
  • Don’t give burglars any extra help! Clear shrubs and trees around your home so they don’t have a place to hide. Secure tool sheds and ladders, because some thieves will steal tools from around your property and use them to break windows and doors.

We at GHS hope you follow the above advice and keep your family and loved ones safe this year. If don’t already have a security system installed, or a know a friend of family member in need of protection, please contact us today via email, website submission, or phone call (855-208-2447).

From all of us at GHS, Stay Safe and Arm Yourself with Knowledge!