Burglars, Fires, and Break-Ins – Oh My!(Infographic)

Eye-Opening Facts and Pragmatic Tips for Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Home is where we feel safe. We arrive home after stressful days fighting traffic, jockeying for corporate status, standing firm against line-jumpers at Starbucks. A weight drops off our shoulders when we come in the front door.

Statistics suggest that our relaxation is ill-founded. Our homes are not inviolable bubbles of calm and safety. The places we live are vulnerable to burglaries and home invasions, to fire, to carbon monoxide poisoning, to freak accidents.

Even if you do everything right, you and your family are not completely safe.

This eye-opening list of statistics outlines your risk of suffering a catastrophic event at home. We start by examining the burglary numbers, concluding that break-ins and theft are alarmingly common no matter what you do. You can improve your odds of foiling burglars with our selection of proven tips, including a hard look at home security systems.

From burglary we proceed to fire, which can strike any home and render it a total loss surprisingly quickly. We take up carbon monoxide poisoning next – have you had your home tested? We conclude with an overview of threats that target children especially.

Happy reading.

Top 10 Fascinating Burglary Statistics:

  • There are 2.5 Million burglaries per year, 66% of which are home break-ins

  • A burglary occurs every 13 seconds

  • According to the FBI, 65% of burglaries happen between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Homes without a security system have a 300% more chance of getting broken into

  • 65% of burglars know their victims!

  • 85% of burglaries are committed by non-professionals

  • 65% of burglaries occur during the day to reduce the chance of someone being home