Reinforcing your doors is one of the best steps you can take to protecting your home or place of business. Below are a few tips that can also help. For some general facts about home security, see our FAQ in the opposite column.

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  1. Most burglaries happen on the first or ground floor. Two person households in which both members are working tend to be more prone to burglaries.
  2. While the average financial loss in a residential burglary is high. The actual emotional loss to the resident is much more severe. Feelings of violation, fear, outrage and of course loss of irreplaceable personal property and family heirlooms cannot be assigned a dollar value.
  3. The reason for burglaries happening in the daytime is a lower risk of being easily spotted and a smaller chance of confrontation. Most people are away from home in day time.

Some suggestions; having a good neighborhood relationship and no obstructions that can hide someone, such as bushes, near windows and doors will help deter criminals.

  1. When you are away from home, give the impression that someone is there.
  2.  Turn on the lights when you leave.
  3. Put lights on timer switches that go on in the evening and off at day break.
  4. Even the Television can be set with a timer.
  5. Don't leave any signs that you aren't at home. Piled up newspapers and letters in the mailbox are signs that the home is empty. Enlist a neighbor to help if you will be away for a few days.
  6. Darkness makes it easier for burglars to hide so have good lighting at doors and windows. If you don't like the idea of having the lights on all the time then use motion-detector equipped lights. But keeping your home well lit can be an excellent deterrent against burglars.

 Home Security Facts

  1. Nonresidential structures were targeted more often at night with 58.0 percent of these offenses occurring from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  2. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $1,642. Losses from residential burglaries averaged $1,607 per offense and losses from nonresidential burglaries averaged $1,708 per offense.
  3. Burglary rates are highest in August.

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According to The Insurance Bureau of Canada: The average claim by homeowners and tenants for losses through forced entry amounted to $4,364 in 1998-99, while the average claim for commercial businesses was $4,456. In total, property losses from Break & Enters in 1998-99 cost P&C insurers about $366 million.

According to The FBI: Of the burglaries for which the time could be established, most (62.2 percent) residential burglaries occurred during the day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  1. Every 120 seconds, one property crime happens.
  2. Every 120 seconds, one burglary occurs.
  3. Every 20 seconds, one violent crime occurs.
  4. Every 35 seconds, one aggravated assault occurs.
  5. Every 60 seconds, one robbery occurs.
  6. Every 120 seconds, one forcible rape occurs.

Below are Excel files of the FBI data if you wish to review data that applies to your circumstances.


According to The British Home Office:
Successful offenders were more likely to gain entry from the back of the dwelling (48%) than the front (44%).

  1. The most common point of entry in successful burglaries was through a door (70%).

These statistics only represent crimes that are reported. Estimates for burglaries that go unreported are conservatively reported at 20% for both Canada and the US. Some sources believe the number is much higher, possibly as high at 50%.




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