Home Security Stats and Facts: The Hard Numbers on Home Security

home security stats and factsThere’s no feeling quite as frightening as coming home from work to find your door open and nobody at home. At this point it’s too late to start thinking about installing a home security system—but luckily, home security is as much about knowledge and understanding as it is about high-tech cameras and sensors. We’ve compiled a list of useful statistics based on the most current crime data available so you can take action to keep you and your family safe.

Property crime facts and statistics

  • Just under 8 million property crimes occurred in 2015 in the United States, affecting approximately 2.4% of Americans. Source
  • Burglary accounted for 19.8% of property crime in 2015. Larceny-theft made up 71.4%, and motor vehicle theft brought up the rear with 8.9%. Source
  • Victims lost a total of $14.3 billion to property crime in 2015. Source

Burglary facts and statistics

  • In 2015, there were over 1.5 million burglaries in the United States. That’s roughly 4,328 burglaries per day, 180 burglaries per hour, or three burglaries per minute. Source
  • Burglary rates are lower than they’ve been in two decades: around 491 burglaries per 100,000 people in 2015 (Source) down from 987 burglaries per 100,000 in 1995 (Source).
  • Of the burglaries in 2015, 57.9% involved forcible entry, meaning the burglar broke a window or door to get inside. Source
  • Losses from burglary in 2015 totaled $3.6 billion and averaged a loss of $2,316 per instance. Source
  • Perhaps the most worrying fact is that of all reported burglaries in 2015, only 12.9% of offenses were cleared (Source). In 2015, only 26.1% of stolen property was recovered. Source
  • When it comes to burglary, where you live matters. The South sees 45.2% of all burglaries, while the Midwest accounts for 19.4%, and the West for 25.4%. The Northeast experiences the remaining 10%. Source
  • According to a 2014 report, 60% of surveyed convicted burglars said they considered whether a home had a security system or not before breaking in. Of those, 50% said they would avoid homes with security systems. Source
  • From 2003 to 2007, an average of 1 million burglaries per year took place while someone was home. Source
  • Between 2003 and 2007, 25% of people (about 266,650 people) who were home during a burglary became victims of violence. Source
  • In 2015, 37% of residential burglaries took place in the daytime. Source

Cyber crime facts and statistics

  • Cyber crime remains a major issue not only in the United States, but across the globe. In 2015, almost 13.1 million people became victims of identity fraud for a rough total loss of $15 billion, an average of more than $1,100 per person. Source
  • Less money was stolen per person in 2015 than in 2014, but there were more victims in 2015. From 2010 to 2016, cyber criminals stole roughly $112 billion total. That’s about $35,600 per minute, which is enough to pay your home mortgage for around two years. Source
  • The United States switched to the EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) system in 2015 to combat identity fraud. While the switch was effective, criminals reacted by using bits of personal data to create fraudulent accounts. The switch led to a 113% increase in new account fraud. Source
  • At least 7% of Americans 16 or older were victims of identity theft in 2014. Source
  • Existing bank and credit card information accounted for 80% of misused information of identity theft victims in 2014. Source
  • In 2014, 9 in 10 identity theft victims were targeted by total strangers. Source

Understanding is half the battle

You aren’t powerless in the fight for safety and security, and these home security statistics are proof of that. By investing in a strong security system, you can deter potential thieves. Your security doesn’t have to stop at the physical, either; protecting yourself online is just as important. While you can’t totally eliminate the chance of becoming the target of a burglary, how you choose to protect yourself is in your hands.