Americans work hard to have and maintain safe and happy lives. So when a burglary happens, it feels like a violation of our security and sense of peace. In the United States, a burglary occurs every 13 seconds, which means over 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year. We surveyed 1,000 Americans to see what people think about security in their living environments. Check out the results in the infographic below.
Security is one of the top concerns for homeowners. Keeping your family and belongings safe can dictate how homes are designed, where they are built, and safety ultimately shapes how the community is perceived. In 2013, the property crime rates across the country hovered around 20% for the West, Midwest, and Northeast; the South saw nearly double at 37%. The truth is burglary and theft can—and does—happen anywhere and it’s better to be cautious than ignorant.
Sometimes people are lulled into a false sense of security because a burglary hasn’t happened to them personally or to anyone they know. According to the survey responses, nearly 1 in 5 people surveyed said they rarely ever lock their doors or never lock their doors at all when they are at home. And 63% of people say that they know people who do not lock their doors regularly. Yet, 30% of all burglaries occur with the offender entering through an unlocked door. The difference between being a victim of theft or not could be as simple as flipping the lock and making your house a harder target for would-be thieves.
Home security does not have to mean living in an impenetrable fortress. Fortunately, there are ways to safeguard our belongings while still maintaining a lifestyle we enjoy. Many people take precautions by stashing extra keys in hidden places. 18% of respondents hide a physical house key outside their home, with 35% of those respondents choosing the fake rock decoy.
Fortunately, we live in an era where technology can provide high-level security as well as peace of mind. Homes without a security or alarm system are 300% more likely to be broken into because burglars do not see any deterrent. A well-placed security camera can not only detect any illegal activity but it might stop the act from happening in the first place. Police only solve 13% of reported burglaries because without witnesses or physical evidence, there is nothing to go on. A camera or alarm system automatically complicates a thief’s plan to go undetected and makes your home not an ideal target.
Whether using a hidden decoy, a comprehensive surveillance system, or simply keeping your doors locked at all times, there are plenty of ways to safeguard the things that matter to you most.
Also published on Medium.