There is no doubt that home is a place that is most sacred to us. Yet this place of comfort not only holds who is most precious to us – but what is most profitable to burglars too. This week, we wanted to share some stats from the FBI and the California Association of Realtors® to help increase awareness and help you decrease risk.
As you will see from the infographic below, the most common points of entry are windows and doors. Unlocked doors and open garage doors each account for nearly 10% of unlawful entries.
The most recent FBI data regarding property crimes denotes the following:
| There are an estimated 7,694,086 property crimes per year.
| Collectively, property crimes losses totaled around $15.3 billion in 2017 (NOT including arson).
| Motor vehicle thefts are on the rise, while burglaries have dropped 7.6% and larceny-thefts have decreased 2.2%.
According to SafeWise.com, the following items are on ‘every burglar’s wish list’:
| Prescription medications.
| Jewelry, art and high-end household goods.
| Firearms & tools.
| Electronics including but not limited to: computers, iPads and smartphones.
| Your identity: old checks, tax returns, bills and medical information which can be used to access your credit and bank accounts.
For those interested in a home security system, SafeHome.org just updated their article on the ‘Best Home Security Systems of 2019’. While we cannot endorse the efficacy of these systems, we hope it may be a helpful resource to you as you decide what makes sense for your home and family.
Cheers to countless safe and secure seasons ahead!
Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
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