Five Frightening Facts About Home Burglaries

October 10th, 2019

It is that time of year here in Chico when we think of sweater weather, pumpkin spice and of course the little goblins and ghosties of Halloween. One character, the burglar, is usually dressed as a sneaky character in a black stocking cap that carries a bag of your stolen items. Sadly, burglars do not just come around on Halloween, they come out year-round. Rather than being scared, be aware. Here are five spooky facts about burglars that you need to know:


  1. In The US A Burglary Happens Every 23 seconds:


According to the FBI Crime statistics, about one in 35 people will fall victim to property crime. There are almost three burglaries every minute and it is the second most frequent crime. Look around your neighborhood. Count out 35 houses and know that one of those homeowners will become a victim of property crime.


  1. They May Be Lurking Undetected:


It is quite common for burglars to “case” the neighborhood and houses. They want to know when the homeowners are there and when they are gone and monitor the comings and goings of different homes.  Always be wary of any stranger that comes to your door and always keep your door locked.


  1. Most Burglaries Happen In The Middle Of The Day:


Many of us assume that a burglar sneaks into a back window during the dead of the night. This is another incorrect assumption. 83% of burglaries in CA occur between the hours of 12 PM and 4 PM. They know if they act casual and walk around the neighborhood or apartment complex they will draw less attention.


  1. Burglars Usually Come In The Front Door:


The most common entry into the home is through the front door. Most burglars have the tools to just open the front door unless it is secured. Many burglars just kick in the door as it makes less noise than breaking glass. Most will knock on the door first to determine you are not home if you do answer will make some excuse and move on.


  1. More Than Your Possessions Are At Risk:


Usually, when you think of someone being robbed you think of them taking the electronics or jewelry and cast. In today’s world, your identity and those of your family are just as valuable and with a simple grab of your laptop, it’s a done deal. Another concern is that should a member of your household be home or arrives during the burglary, it could escalate to violence.

Don’t Be Tricked This Halloween


The average victim of a home invasion loses about $2,500. For many of us that are a difficult amount to recover, especially if you live paycheck to paycheck. Contact the specialists at Crime Free Living Chico and discuss with them different options available to you. With over 16 years in law enforcement, we have the experience to help you to make sure your home and more importantly, your family is safe and secure.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

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