We’ve been at this a long time.
After nearly 70 years of helping protect homes and businesses, for better or worse, we’ve seen a lot. Our approach to safety is holistic, so we’ve helped customers face medical emergencies, life-threatening fires, extreme weather conditions, and more.
But you know what really gives us goosebumps? It’s not ghosts. It’s not spiders, or clowns, or ghouls, or vampires. What really gets us at Guardian Protection is a lack of awareness about home security. It spooks us to hear that anyone doesn’t feel safe in their home — the one place that’s just for you.
Some emergencies are unavoidable. And while it’s not always possible to prevent them, it’s possible to prepare. And it chills our bones when people don’t!
We’ve found one of the best ways to encourage preparedness is through education. When you know what the risks are, it’s easier to safeguard against them.
So in the spirit of Halloween, let’s get a little spooky. Gather ‘round and break out the fun-sized candy. Here are 9 scary home security facts that will gives you the chills.
1. Approximately 1.2 million burglaries occur in the U.S. each year.
2. A burglary occurs every 23 seconds in the U.S.
3. Burglaries cost victims an estimated $3.4 billion in 2018.
4. Nearly 70% of burglaries occur in homes.
5. Nearly 60% of burglaries involve forced entry.
6. Most burglaries take place during the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
7. Homes without alarm systems are approximately three times more likely to be burglarized.
8. A household member is home during 28% of burglaries.
9. 34% of burglars enter right through the front door.
How can I start protecting my world?
First, let us give you a quick palate cleanser after this creepfest.
Second, we wouldn’t lay these stats on you if we couldn’t help. This year, you deserve to relax more, and worry less. More treats, less tricks — you get it. So don’t be scared, be prepared with smart security!
According to a study of convicted offenders by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, approximately 80 percent said they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target if there was an alarm on-site. Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 31 percent said they would sometimes retreat. Only 13 percent said they would always continue with the burglary attempt.
Professionally monitored security is like throwing a big, cozy blanket of protection over all the things that matter most to you. It doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for Halloween this year. Maybe it’s your house. Make it’s your office. Maybe it’s your kids. Maybe your pup is going trick-or-treating as a sushi roll (we’re not here to judge). If you value it, there’s a security solution to help you protect it.
Call Guardian Protection today at 1.800.PROTECT (1.800.776.8328) to get a FREE quote for home or business security. We’ll help you figure out the best security solution for you and start laying that blanket of protection over what matters most in your life.
Because at the end of the day, everyone deserves to be safe. Happy Halloween, friends!
FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2018 Crime in the United States
Journal of Criminal Justice, Burglar alarms and the choice behavior of burglars
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
FBI Crime Clock