Burglarly Facts to Learn From

The FBI has cataloged the areas of entry that burglars will target into a home. Take these statistics and protect your home accordingly.
81 percent of residential intrusions occur through the first floor.
34 percent of burglars entered through the front door;
23 percent through a first-floor window;
22 percent through the back door;

9 percent through the garage;
4 percent entered through a basement;
4 percent through an unlocked entrance;
2 percent through a storage area;
and only 2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor.
A study in Connecticut showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an UNLOCKED door and that in 41 percent of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.
Remember to take the simple task of locking your door and using your alarm system if you have one.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Jared

    While these tips all seem so simple, they are still forehead slappers. Who thinks to go to their local library anymore? Brilliant!

    • TabathaM

      My local library even has their entire catalog online — so you can search something like “DIY plumbing books” and request copies of whatever strikes your fancy. Then you get an email when they’re ready to be picked up at the branch of your choice. It’s amazing. :)