Are you at risk for a burglary?
The unfortunate answer is yes – we are all at risk. In 2016, 1,515,096 burglary offenses were committed in our country according to the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report with a burglary occurring every 20 seconds in 2015. 2016 Losses due to burglary totaled an estimated $3.6 billion; overall, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,361. For more FBI Uniform Crime statistics visit the FBI site
Security systems do work
The good news is you can fight off these intruders with the installation of a professionally monitored electronic security system. In a 2013 UNC Charlotte study, Approximately 83 percent (of the more than 400 convicted offenders surveyed) said they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target if there was an alarm on-site.
Tips From Convicted Burglars
A video released by the Columbus Division of Police and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction features three convicted burglars offering tips to help homeowners secure and protect their homes