Home Security Statistics

Derek Dowell | Updated: January 5, 2021

Home Security Statistics

Any person looking to purchase a home, whether for personal use or as an investment property, must consider home security.

Crime rates remain high across the United States. Millions of homes are burglarized every year. Home security systems offer protection for your belongings, as well as peace of mind. Modern home security systems are usually affordable and easy to install. They can be put in any type of property, including homes, apartments, condos, townhouses, duplexes, and just about any other living structure.

Many people overlook, ignore, or underestimate the need of taking appropriate home security measures. Burglaries can lead to both emotional and financial crises. In order to avoid these crises, home buyers must understand the importance of home security. The statistics below are intended to help those who are considering home security systems.

Burglary Trends

  1. In 2019, 1,495,790 burglaries occurred during the day. Break ins are 6% more likely to occur during the day between 6am and 6pm while people are at work or running errands.
  2. From 1993 to 2010, on average, burglary rates were highest in the summer, with about 9% lower rates in spring, 6% lower in fall, and 11% lower in winter.
  3. Cold weather is a significant burglary deterrent. On average, the lowest amount of burglaries happen in February.

Property Crime

  1. In 2015, a property crime occurred every 3.9 seconds in the United States.
  2. Larceny-theft accounted for 72.5% of all property crimes in 2018 in the United States. Burglary accounted for 17.1%, and motor vehicle theft for 10.4%.
  3. In 2018, there were an estimated 7,196,045 property crime offenses in the United States. The total was lower than 2017’s total, but property crime offenses still remain high.
  4. In 2018, the rate of property crime was estimated at 2,199.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. This was a 6.9% decrease compared to the 2017 estimated rate.
  5. Among all completed burglaries, those involving the theft of an electronic device or household appliance increased from 28% in 2001 to 34% in 2011 in the United States.
  6. Over 60% of assaults happen during home invasions. Assaults are an unfortunate side effect of property crime.
  7. House break-ins, on average, last less than ten minutes. The average home invasion lasts between eight to ten minutes, with some as quick as just over a minute.
  8. Only 7% of home burglaries involve violence. The most common type of violence present in burglaries is simple assault.
  9. Out of 1,000 people surveyed in the United States, 24% of them said they owned self-defense equipment.

Property Crime Geography

  1. Louisiana had the highest property crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants of all states in 2019 at 3,162.
  2. Massachusetts had the lowest property crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants of all states in 2019 at 1,179.
  3. States with limited economic opportunity and a large percentage of residents struggling financially tend to have higher crime rates. Conversely, economic conditions tend to be in states with lower crime.
  4. Eight out of the top ten states with the highest burglary rates are in the South. New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Alabama are all on the list of top ten states with the highest number of home invasions per year.
  5. Nine out of the top ten states with the lowest burglary rates are on the East Coast. New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, the District of Columbia, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are all on the list of top ten states with the lowest burglary rate.

Criminal Psychology Statistics

  1. After an arrest is made, 65.1% of people personally know their thief. There’s a good chance a neighbor, an acquaintance, a friend, or a coworker could attempt to rob you.
  2. Only 12% of all burglaries are planned in advance. Most thieves admit a break-in was an impulse decision, which could be caused by a number of reasons.
  3. Mapped areas of burglaries have determined that most burglars have been found to strike homes within a few miles of their residence. Burglars do not travel far to commit the crime.
  4. About 60% of convicted burglars say the presence of a security system would cause them to attempt a burglary elsewhere.
  5. Only 22% of burglars take notice of a neighborhood watch sign when selecting a residence to burglarize. Some burglars are not deterred by neighborhood watch programs.
  6. Burglars are three times more likely to target properties that don’t use a security system. Research has found that homes without a security system increase their chances of experiencing a home invasion.
  7. Only 34% of burglars said that a barking dog would deter them from breaking into a property, a study found. A dog isn’t enough security to protect a house from a break in.

Burglary Statistics

  1. In 2019, there were an estimated 1,117,696 burglaries in the United States. This number is slowly decreasing year-over-year, but burglaries continue to persist.
  2. Burglaries account for 16.1% of the estimated number of property crimes in 2019.
  3. 55.7% of burglaries involved forcible entry, 37.8% were unlawful entries, and 6.5% were attempted forcible entries.
  4. Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 62.8% of all burglary offenses. Burglaries occur in peoples’ homes a majority of the time.
  5. Burglaries in the United States have dropped by 37% since 2008. This number could be dropping due to how many home security systems are being installed.

Economic Impact

  1. In the United States, victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3 billion in property losses in 2019. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,661.
  2. The average dollar loss per burglary increased from $2,120 in 2011 to $2,316 in 2015. Most home security systems don’t cost anywhere near this amount, which makes the investment well worth it.
  3. Security systems might seem like a big up front cost. Security system equipment alone has an average price tag of around $400.
  4. Homes in impoverished neighborhoods are more likely to be burgled.The less you earn, the more likely it is that your home will be burgled.
  5. Property crimes in 2013 resulted in losses estimated at $16.6 billion. Property crime losses can add up, just think about all of your technology, clothing, furniture, and other valuable belongings.
  6. Revenue for the home security systems industry reached about $28.2 billion in 2009. Many people keep home security top of mind when buying a house.
  7. ADT has 6.6 million customers in the United States. This is more than any other home security company in the country.

Burglary Methods

  1. Most burglars get into the house by the front door. The front door accounts for 34% of the ways burglars get in.
  2. If burglars can’t get into the front door, they either find a window or go around back. A first floor window and the back door account for a combined 45% of the ways burglars get in.
  3. The first room that burglars tend to enter is the master bedroom. This could be because that’s where they think the owner’s prized possessions would be.
  4. The four items that burglars steal from homes most often include electronics, jewelry, clothing and tools.

Home Security Systems

  1. As of 2010, there were an estimated 18 million home security systems installed in the United States.
  2. United Kingdom homes without any security devices were 2.7 times more likely to be burglarized than homes with security measures in place, according to a study.
  3. Some homeowner insurance providers offer discounts up to 20% when homeowners install home security systems. Installing a home security system could be a win-win for both you and your insurance provider.
  4. Only 17% of United States homes have security systems. This number continues to increase year-over-year as security systems get more accessible and cheaper.
  5. Out of 1,000 people surveyed, 70% of them had security measures to keep their home from being burgled. Out of this 70%, only 20% used a home security system.

Home Fire Alarm Systems

  1. A residential fire was reported every eighty-six seconds in 2015 in the United States. Installing a smart smoke alarm as part of your home security system could prevent a fire from breaking out in your house.
  2. A 2015 study found that an estimated $14.3 billion in property was lost in fires in the United States. Fire-resistant safes are a great investment along with a home security system.
  3. About 70% of smoke alarm failures are caused by missing, disconnected, or dead batteries, which is another reason so install a smart smoke alarm connected to your home security system.
  4. About 400 people die every year from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States. Home security systems can include carbon monoxide detectors to enhance your security.

Future Statistics

  1. Three out of four homes in the United States will be broken into within the next 20 years. Home security systems protect you now and future you.
  2. Police usually only clear 13% of all reported burglaries due to a lack of witnesses or physical evidence. The changes of finding who committed the crime are very slim.
  3. Home invasions leave a mark. Over 78% of homeowners who experienced a home invasion went on to install a home security system.

High Risk Areas

  1. The top three cities in the United States with the highest violent crime rates in 2012 were Memphis, TN, Detroit, MI, and Flint, MI. It’s crucial to understand the crime rate around your home.
  2. The top three cities in the United States with the highest property crime rates in 2012 were Spokane, WA, Fayetteville, NC, and Little Rock, AR. Property crime rate is another vital statistic to understand around your home.
  3. The top three cities in the United States with the highest burglary rates in 2012 were Fayetteville, NC, Flint, MI, and Toledo, OH.

Crime Frequency

  1. In 2016, one burglary occurred every 20 seconds in the United States. This was the most frequently occurring crime behind property crime, which occurred every 4 seconds.
  2. One violent crime occurred every 25 seconds in the United States in 2016.
  3. One aggravated assault occurred every 45 seconds in 2016 in the United States.
  4. In 2016, One robbery occurred every 90 seconds in the United States.
  5. There are over 4,500 home burglaries per day in the United States. Crimes are committed almost every minute, which is reason alone to install a home security system.

Forms of Protection

  1. 46% of people surveyed said that they lock their doors and windows when they leave their residence.
  2. 40% of people surveyed said that they lock their doors and windows when they’re home.
  3. 40% of people surveyed said that they have a deadlock on their doors to prevent break-ins.
  4. 22% of people surveyed said that they have security cameras installed around their house.

Protect Your Property

Becoming a homeowner can be a difficult task. There are numerous factors to consider when purchasing a home: how much money you should spend, what features are most important to you, the location of the home, and many more. A lot of thought and energy is put into a life-changing decision like home purchasing, which makes installing a home security system all the more essential.

Home security systems protect you, your belongings, and your loved ones from potential harm and loss. The statistics provided are only a glimpse of what you should consider when deciding if a home security system is right for you. While there is a lot more that goes into the decision, these statistics should provide a foundation for anyone thinking about installing a home security system.

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