The Impacts and Costs of a Home Burglary | Cannon Safe

A burglary takes place every 20 seconds in the United States.1 Explore important statistics about home break-ins—such as the financial and emotional costs—and learn how to protect yourself against property theft.

BURGLARY MYTHS ABOUND, BUT THE REALITY IS CLEAR:

Thieves target certain homes. Criminals use time-tested techniques, such as selecting a residence with overgrown landscaping or lack of outdoor security lighting. Many burglars get your daily routines or location whereabouts from social media—and they only break in when your house is empty.

When surveyed, 60% of burglars said if ____ were present, they would target a different house.

A dog

An alarm

A motion-sensor light

Almost, but not quite!

According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, 60% of burglars indicated that an alarm would cause them to target another house. However, big guard dogs and small yappy dogs can also boost your security and help deter criminals.2

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According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, 60% of burglars indicated that an alarm would cause them to target another house.2

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Almost, but not quite!

According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, 60% of burglars indicated that an alarm would cause them to target another house. However, motion-sensor lights keep all entry points to your home well-lit and can help deter criminals.2

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Wyoming reported the highest number of burglaries in 2016.

TRUEFALSE

CORRECT!

Wyoming reported the fewest number of burglaries—just 1,771. The top three states for burglaries in 2016 were California, Texas and Florida.3

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California ranked first with 188,304 reported cases of burglary in 2016. Texas ranked second with 148,740. Wyoming reported the fewest number of burglaries—just 1,771.3

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DID YOU KNOW?

About 60% of burglaries happen in broad daylight
between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
when homeowners are at work or school.4

HOW MUCH WILL A BURGLARY COST YOU?

In the aftermath of a home invasion, many homeowners face increased insurance premiums, extensive home repair costs, and even therapy or medical bills. Burglary victims not only lose expensive valuables and heirlooms, but also their sense of security and comfort in the place they call home.

What was the total value of stolen property in 2016?

A: $13.6 billion

B: $8 billion

C: $27 million

Correct!

$13.6 billion worth of property was stolen in 2016. Only 27.6% was recovered by police.5

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$13.6 billion worth of property was stolen in 2016. Only 27.6% was recovered by police.5

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$13.6 billion worth of property was stolen in 2016. Only 27.6% was recovered by police.5

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$2,361

the average dollar loss per home burglary5

1,515,096

the number of burglaries committed in 20165

69.5%

the percentage of burglaries that occur at residential properties5

DID YOU KNOW?

For many victims, the real impact of a burglary is emotional—especially for children. In fact, 40% of surveyed adults who experienced a break-in when they were children report still feeling trauma as adults.7

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