There are nearly 5,000 burglaries every day in the United States. Regardless of whether you live in a “safe” neighborhood, it’s important to know about this crime. The more you understand about burglary, the more proactive you can be when it comes to your home security efforts.

With that in mind, here are five must-know facts about burglary, as referenced from SafeWise.

Most burglaries take place in broad daylight  

We usually think of burglaries taking place in the middle of the night. However, the majority of these crimes actually occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when everyone is at work or school. This is why we recommend installing and monitoring some sort of home security system.

Many break-ins are committed by people who live nearby

This one’s a bit unnerving. Believe it or not, the person who chooses to compromise your privacy and peace of mind could be living right down the street. From the burglar’s perspective, targeting a house nearby makes sense — they can easily learn a family’s daily schedule and break in when they’re gone. This is why it’s a good idea to take the necessary security precautions before leaving on a vacation. Consider putting a stop on your mail and having a reliable neighbor pick up any flyers or newspapers to make it seem like you’re home.

Most burglars spend only a few minutes inside of a home

It’s amazing how much someone can take from a home in less than ten minutes. Take a moment to think about the valuables in your home that would be appealing for a burglar — electronics, cash, jewelry, and weapons, among other items. Once they’re inside, they’ll make quick work of your belongings and get out.

Nearly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window

This home security fact is especially head-scratching. For our team at Safeway Lock and Key, an open or unlocked entrance to a residence is almost like an open invitation for burglars. As a reminder, keep all entry points closed and locked whether you’re away or at home. The last thing you want is for things to be taken from your home because of your own negligence.

The average dollar loss for a burglary is more than $2,000

Here’s more bad news. As you can see for yourself in the SafeWise article, the FBI reported that burglary victims lost a total of $3.9 billion in 2014. If you average that out per burglary, it comes out to about $2,250. Again, this is why we strongly recommend springing for a home security system.

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Whether you’re picking up the pieces following a burglary or you’re looking to prevent one from taking place altogether, we have you covered at Safeway Lock and Key. In addition to offering top-notch locksmith service, we are also Baltimore’s choice for home security solutions.

It’s time to regain your peace of mind with a customized security systems. Contact Safeway Lock and Key today!