Home Burglary Statistics: How Safe Are You?

Do you feel safe in your home? What about when you’re not there? Home security is an everyday concern for many, so it’s important that you are taking the proper precautions to protect your valuables and loved ones. To help you understand the patterns and behavior of burglars, we have a guide on burglary statistics and how to safeguard your home.

Are people securing their homes?

We surveyed 1,000 Americans about their home security and found that:

  • 70 percent of people have security measures in place to keep their home from being burglarized
  • Almost as many people lock their doors and windows when they are home (40 percent) compared to when they aren’t (46 percent) home
  • Only 22 percent of respondents indicated that they use an alarm system and 22 percent said they use video cameras
  • 24 percent of respondents said they owned self-defense equipment

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When it comes to securing their homes, respondents indicated that they are more likely to use old-fashioned techniques such as deadlocks (40 percent) on their doors rather than relying on technology such as alarm systems (22 percent) or video cameras (22 percent).

Seasonal break-in concerns

The majority of respondents (56 percent) were most worried about a home burglary in the summer. Half as many (26 percent) were concerned about winter and only 9 percent were worried about spring and 9 percent in the fall. These concerns align with seasonal burglary statistics. According to the FBI, burglaries are most likely to occur during the summer months, between noon and 4 p.m.

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Despite the tendency for people to take precautions by having self-defense equipment and locking doors when they’re inside, a majority of break-ins happen when people are not there to protect the home.

Preventing a seasonal break-ins

The most break-ins occur in the summer months. This is when Americans are most likely to be on vacation or outside enjoying a sunny day. The second most popular season for break-ins is winter. During the holidays, people take trips to visit family and are away from their homes. This is also the time of year when they have valuable presents in their homes.

To prevent holiday break-ins this season:

  • Leave lights on a timer so it looks like you are home throughout the day. Break-ins are most likely to occur between noon and 4 p.m. If you aren’t home during those hours, leave lights or music on a timer so it seems like you are.
  • Don’t leave signs that you are gone such as mail piled up in the mailbox or garbage cans out in the street for too long. The average break-in lasts between eight to 10 minutes. Leaving signs you are gone lets a burglar know they have plenty of time to steal your belongings.
  • Don’t leave boxes from your holiday gifts on the curb. Forty-seven percent of burglaries aren’t planned. Someone might be passing by and see your new TV or PlayStation box on the curb which triggers them to try to break in.
  • Avoid posting that you are out of town on social media. Eighty-five percent of burglars know their victims so they could be following your public social media account.

Burglaries statistics by state

Wondering how your state compares? The FBI has a granular look at crime rates in your state. Below are the top 10 states with the most and least burglaries per hundred thousand residents in 2018.

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Burglary vs. robbery

It is easy to misconstrue a burglary from a robbery. While they may seem similar, they are two very distinct crimes that have different implications and investigative processes.

Burglary is classified as a property crime, whereas a robbery is classified as a violent crime.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, a burglary is an “unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry of a structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft.” The specifics of a burglary is relative based on your state laws.

On the other hand, a robbery is classified as “taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.”

Since robberies are classified as violent crimes, if someone is convicted of a robbery they will find that it carries a more severe sentence than a burglary.

Additional burglary statistics

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that there were 1.3 million household burglaries, which was a 4.72 percent increase from the previous year. It’s important to be aware of when they happen so you can reduce your risk.

1. Burglaries are most likely to occur during the middle of the day

According to the FBI, in 2018 there were 346,312 daytime burglaries compared to 218,028 burglaries that occurred at night.

This is most likely because the daytime is when your home is left unoccupied. People have daily routines. Criminals are able to track this and take advantage of the times you aren’t home.

2. Burglaries are most likely to happen in the summer months

Seasonality can impact the number of burglaries that occur. These crimes are most likely to occur during the summer months. This is most likely due to a combination of good weather, longer days and an increase in vacations. With more daylight, there is a larger window of opportunity for burglars to break into homes.

We found that the majority of survey respondents (54 percent) indicated that they are most concerned about home burglaries during the summer months.

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3 Burglaries are more likely to occur in rural states

According to the FBI, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oklahoma have the highest burglary rate per 100,000 residents. In contrast, Virginia, New York and New Hampshire have the lowest.

4. A burglary occurs every 23 seconds

According to burglary statistics from the FBI, burglaries happen every 23 seconds. This means, there are nearly three homes burglarized every minute and 3,757 burglaries each day.

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5. Your bedroom is most likely to be the target of a burglary

Burglars have to be strategic with their time, and this includes targeting the rooms that are most valuable. According to the American Society of Criminology, in two-story homes, burglars will bypass the living areas and head straight for the upstairs bedrooms where they will find the most coveted items.

When scouring the bedroom for your belongings, burglars gravitate toward small, valuable items. Rather than big bulky items like TVs that are difficult to carry, they steal small items that can fit into their pockets in order to avoid unwanted attention as they exit the home.

6. The average cost of a burglary is $2,799

The cost of a burglary is steep. At $2,799 this could set apartment renters back a couple months’ rent. Many renters get renters insurance so they can recoup these losses if burglary were to happen. While it is possible to get back your monetary loss, the feeling of security in your house is harder to recover.

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7. White men are most likely to break into your home

According to the FBI, 80.4 percent of men are found to be the ones breaking in compared to only 19.6 percent of women.

When looking at race or ethnicity in 2018, the FBI found that 68.1 percent of all offenders were Caucasian, 29.4 percent were African American,1.2 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.1 percent were Asian and 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

8. Only 23 percent of U.S. households are professionally monitored

According to senior analyst Dina Abdelrazik at Parks Associates, only 23 percent of all U.S. households with broadband internet have a professionally monitored security system and 2.5 percent have a self-monitored system.

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How to prevent a break-in

While thieves can be tricky, there are precautions you can take to prevent a break-in in your home. Here are some ways to prevent a break-in.

Install a home security system

The installation of a home security system not only will help secure your home, but it will also give you more peace of mind when you are away. Many systems include video cameras that allow you to see who is on your property at all times of the day.

Park your car in the driveway

This can be an indicator that you are home and burglars will be hesitant to break in fear that they will encounter someone. If you are on vacation, have your neighbor use your driveway as a parking spot to deter any possible burglars.

Lock doors and windows

Locking all points of entry will provide an additional layer of protection when you are away from your home. If you leave a door unlocked or window cracked it will be an invitation for any intruder looking for an easy target.

Install timers for your lights

Even if you are away from your home, putting your lights on timers can give the illusion that someone is home, which can deter an intruder from breaking in.

Be careful on social media

Social media can be a way that burglars track you. Posting that you are at a coffee shop or on vacation will let them know when your home is free to attack. Be cognizant of your social media use, especially when you are not home.

Advertise your dog

Your dog can deter a burglar even if it’s harmless. A simple “beware of dog” sign can make a burglar second guess if they should break-in.

Don’t let the mail build-up

Allowing your mail to pile up is a clear indicator that you have not been home for quite some time. This will make your home an easy target.

Hide ladders and tools

Don’t give burglars any accessories to break into your home. Hide or keep your tools in a safe place where no one can access them but you.

Now that you are more aware of the upward trend in home burglaries in the past years. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to better secure your home or apartment. It is always better to be prepared than to realize you have been the victim of a burglary.

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Methodology

This study was conducted for Apartment Guide using Google Consumer Surveys. The sample consists of 1,000 respondents in the United States. The survey was conducted in November 2019.

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The Rise of the Boomerang Generation + How to Manage Finances in a Multi-Generational Household

For the last several decades, parents have been welcoming their adult children home after moving out for college. It’s become an accepted way for young adults to save up and start their lives off with a little less financial burden, and we’re currently seeing that trend rise as more young adults join the boomerang generation.

The boomerang generation is a generation of young adults who return to live with their parents. This group has continued to grow over the last decade, but the trend isn’t totally unique to the current generation of recent grads. In 1985, 54 percent of 18–24-year-olds and 11 percent of 25–34-year-olds lived with their parents. While the rate of 18–24-year-olds living with their parents has stayed relatively consistent, the U.S. has seen a steady rise in 25–34-year-olds living with their parents, reaching 17 percent in 2019.

The rise of the boomerang generation really began following the 2008 great recession, with 13 percent of 25–34 year-olds living at home in 2010 — a new high according to the census data available beginning in 1960. Since 2011, this number has grown to 17 percent of 25–34 year-olds looking to save money at home. This can be an awkward situation for families to maneuver, but with a proper budget and honest financial conversations, it can be a positive move for everyone. 

Learn more about the boomerang generation and how to manage your household with adult children, or check out our infographic for fast facts and tips to improve job prospects after graduation.

Why Are Young Adults Moving Back Home?

Rising unemployment and record-high student loan debt are leaving many recent graduates without resources to cover the cost of living in major metropolitan areas. Some young adults join the over 3 million U.S. households living with roommates, which has risen in popularity by 19 percent since 2007, while others choose to save money by moving back in with their parents, which has grown in popularity by 46 percent since 2009.

Poor Job Prospects

The national unemployment rate in April 2020 reached 14.4 percent, up 3.3 percent from the previous year, so recent grads are entering a tough job market. Entry-level salary projections have dropped 9 percent to $54,585 as competition for these positions rises. Additionally, 15 percent of employers plan to decrease their hiring of recent grads, and nearly five percent of college seniors who had received a job offer had their offers revoked following the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, 22 percent of students and graduates looking to gain experience through an internship had their offers revoked.

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Cost of Living Increase

The cost of living and inflation have increased over the last 20 years, meaning the buying power of a dollar isn’t what it used to be. The average cost of a new home in 1999 was $194,800. Considering inflation, that cost should be $297,705 in 2020, but that total is actually $402,400 — indicating a 35 percent increase in the cost of living. 

The cost of living in popular cities for recent grads contributes to the boomerang generation

Where Does the Boomerang Generation Live?

Of the 13 most populous metropolitan areas, Riverside and Los Angeles, California have the highest representation of the boomerang generation, with 25 percent and 24 percent of homeowners reporting that their adult offspring live in their household. New York City reports the highest total number of households housing adult children at 1,438, or 19.3 percent of, New York City households.

Of the top 13 metro areas, Seattle has the lowest representation of adults living at home at 13 percent, which is also the lowest representation across 2017 city housing data — tying Oklahoma City and Las Vegas. 

Cities with the highest and lowest representation fo the boomerang generation

1. Riverside, CA

Riverside has the lowest number of households housing adult children of the top five cities but just beats out Los Angeles as the most representative city. The average age of Riverside residents is 30 years old, under the California average of 36. Riverside’s median rent is $1,352, which is 66 percent of the estimated individual income at $24,733 and double the recommended spending for housing. 

2. Los Angeles, CA

The city of angels is a top destination for recent graduates, but the cost of living deters many would-be movers at an index of 145.8 — nearly 50 percent higher than the U.S. average of 100. The estimated per capita income in L.A. is significantly higher than what Riverside offers at $33,496, while the median gross rent is comparable at $1,397. The pay may be the highest of the three cities, but the job market is highly competitive with an unemployment rate of 18.5 percent. 

3. Houston, TX

Houston offers the best deal on rent of the three cities, with a median cost of $986. Meanwhile, the average income is still higher than Riverside’s at $31,175 and the overall cost of living is just below the U.S. average at an index of 93.5. Still, Houston’s poverty rate is striking with 20.6 percent of residents living below the poverty line. 

While metropolitan areas can offer the highest salaries, they’re also significantly more competitive and it’s not common to make six-figures as a recent graduate. So the boomerang generation is choosing to skip roommates and live with their parents. It’s a comfortable and supportive environment that can help young adults save a significant amount of money, and begin paying their student loans.

How to Handle Finances in a Multi-Generational Household

There’s no doubt welcoming grown children back home can be difficult. Both the parent and child’s needs within the relationship and socially have changed, and the relationship has grown significantly. To help you navigate this potentially awkward situation and prevent conflicts, you need to work together to establish boundaries and expectations.

Discuss Rent and Housing Responsibilities

Financial conversations may be the toughest, but it’s important that everyone knows the plan from the beginning. If your child is working, then it’s totally fair to ask them to help contribute to rent. If you don’t expect financial contributions, then consider chores and other household responsibilities to reduce your workload and help your child feel like this is their home, too. 

It’s important to keep in mind that over 80 percent of young adults live with their parents to save money, and that’s likely the case in your situation. Calculate how much it will cost for you to welcome your child back home and have a discussion with them about what they feel comfortable paying to find an agreeable amount. This is a great time to discuss financial responsibility and make sure that they’re paying down their student debt and saving appropriately. 

Determine Boundaries

You probably both enter this housing arrangement expecting it to be temporary, but you likely have different ideas of what temporary is. Make sure there is a timeline for your child’s stay and figure out a goal or date for when it’s time to say goodbye. For many, this is a savings goal, a new job opportunity, or just knowing they can afford to move out

Otherwise, it’s important to find a balance between “your house, your rules” and recognizing that your child is an adult and paying rent. You may let them know it’s disruptive to come home late on the weekdays, but you can agree together that weekends are more flexible.

Set Financial Goals

While you can’t control your adult child’s spending, you can set expectations that they won’t be taking on new debt or planning lavish vacations while living at home. The intention is for them to start their life on the right track, and ultimately you’re being generous by letting them stay at home to save when their room could be your new at-home gym. Take time to help them learn more about how to set an accurate budget so they can manage their finances when they do leave the nest.

There’s no doubt prospects for recent graduates are tough and may get tougher. With student debt reaching all-time highs, inflation, and rising unemployment rates, moving out is not an easy option for many young adults. The boomerang generation is embracing the comforts of home to plan for their financial futures and wait out the College Pulse | Statista | Move | City Data | Investopedia | Bureau of Labor and Statistics | NACE | ICIMS | Census Housing Data | Federal Reserve | New York Federal Reserve | Apartment List

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