U.S. Burglary Rates
Burglary is the illegal entry or attempted entry of a private residence or business. It may or may not include theft but usually carries the intention of committing a crime.
There are four types of burglary:
Completed Burglary - when someone illegally enters a building with or without force.
Forcible Entry - is when someone unlawfully enters a building using force like breaking a window.
Unlawful Entry - when someone illegally enters a building using no force.
Attempted Forcible Entry - when someone attempts to break in but is unsuccessful.
The U.S. States with the Highest Burglary Rates
Burglary rates vary considerably from state to state. Based on 100,000 residents, New Mexico has by far the highest burglary rate of 858.1. Close behind in figures are Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Nevada. The states with the lowest rates of burglary are New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. In comparison with New Mexico, New York has a burglary rate of only 176.3 based on 100,000 residents.
When Do Burglaries Occur?
Movies and TV have distorted our perception of burglary, and shockingly most burglaries occur during the summer in broad daylight. Burglars don’t creep in the window or pry the back door open often; they usually break in the front door. In fact, 65% of all U.S. burglaries take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The idea is to break in when you are not home; most offenders don’t want to risk confrontation. The most common hours for burglary are 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
People tend to be more relaxed during the summer months and will leave the door unlocked or windows open to let in the fresh air. The warm months are a favorite time for burglaries, as burglary is one of the crime trends in the U.S.
A single burglary takes place every 18 seconds in America. That equals 4800 per day! That is a staggering number and along with it, here are some other interesting statistics on burglary.
- According to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 60% of convicted burglars claim that they avoided houses that had a home security system.
- The majority of burglars break into a house within 2 miles of where they live.
- It only takes a burglar 10 minutes to grab everything of value in your home.
- 30% of burglaries occur because of an unlocked door or window.
- 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
- Your master bedroom is the first place a burglar looks for treasure.
- The average loss in a burglary is $2,251.
- 3 out of 10 times, someone is home during a burglary.
- Only about 13% of burglaries are ever solved.
- Every year burglary costs American about $14.3 billion.
- Burglary rates have been dropping by about 22% per year.
- Approximately 1,324,090 burglaries occur at night.
- Due to cold and snow, the least amount of burglaries take place in February.
- Only 22% of burglars enter the home through the back door.
Analysis of Burglaries
- Most burglars are male age 25 or younger.
- Non-professionals looking to make a quick score, commit 85% of all burglaries.
- 56% of all burglars are white, 31% Hispanic and only 9% are African American.
- 95% of burglars are male and use screwdrivers, hammers, pliers or crowbars to break in.
- More than half of all burglaries take place within 2 miles of the offender’s home.
- Your home is three times more likely to be burgled if you do not have a home security system.
- 67% don’t carry any weapons and are not looking for a conflict.
- Most burglaries last only twelve minutes.
- Burglars shy away from homes with visible surveillance cameras, and most of them have regular jobs.
- More than 30% are able to get in without force, from a door or window left unlocked.
- 66% of all U.S. burglaries are aimed at residential homes.
- Most burglaries take place in metropolitan areas (85%).
- Keeping all areas outside your home well lit makes your neighborhood safe as during the holidays the crime rate usually rises.
- Most burglars are looking for small items like cash, jewelry, watches, guns, laptops or other portable items that can be pawned for drugs or food.
- 23% of burglars gain entry through a first-floor window, 9% through the garage and only 4% through the basement.