About six out of every ten completed burglaries take place through unlocked doors or windows.
Burglaries have steadily declined in the United States – from 100 burglaries per thousand households in 1973 to fewer than 30 per household in 2003. This downward trend has continued for almost 30 years.
Renters are far more likely than owners to be burglary victims. At a rate 85 percent higher than home-owning households.
One of the most important steps you can take to prevent burglary is to put sturdy locks on sturdy doors and windows and use them.
Another important step is to get to know your neighbors. Join or organize a Neighborhood Watch. More than 20 million people say they take part in Neighborhood Watch.
Burglars focus on convenience, concealment, and camouflage.
In a survey of 1,000 police and fire chiefs, 85 percent said security systems decrease the likelihood a home will be burglarized. Almost 90 percent felt security systems increased their chances of apprehending burglars, and 85 percent said they encourage the installation of electronic security systems in residences and business in their communities.