According to preliminary statistics from the FBI for burglaries in 2015/16, the percentage drop from year to year was it’s smallest amount since the 2012/13 reporting years.
Despite the drop, there were over 1,500,000 burglaries nationwide and over 30,000 of those happening in South Carolina alone. We believe that’s still way too many and digging deeper into those statistics we believe there are a few quick, simple ways to avoid being a part of those statistics in 2017 and beyond.
1. One In Three Residential Burglaries Are “Unlawful Entries”
Essentially and “unlawful entry” means that the burglar entered the home through an unsecured window, front door or other potential entrance.
Like many Lowcountry residents odds are good that you’re sometimes rushed to get out the door in the morning (especially to beat the traffic). Occasionally it’s easy to leave a door open or unlocked.
The Fix: Proactive Security Alerts
Thanks to Charleston Security Systems’ iShield security monitoring solutions, it’s easy to setup alerts when you leave a door open or your smart door lock unlocked. In fact, when you install a sensor on any door or window in your home, you’ll be able to check it’s status anytime through your security app.
2. Most Burglaries Happen During Daylight Hours
A statistic that’s almost remained unchanged throughout the years of us posting to this blog, is that most burglaries occur during the day — most likely when you’re not home.
The Fix: Activity Alerts & Professional Monitoring
With the above mentioned iShield monitoring app you can also get notifications for unusual activity in your home during the day and even watch what’s happening using security cameras.
Also with your monitoring service, if your alarm is triggered a signal is sent to our monitoring center which can then alert you and the local authorities should activity prove to be unauthorized.
3. 60% of Burglars Avoid Homes With Security Systems
Nearly 83% of convicted burglars said they checked for a security system and 60% avoided homes altogether when a security system was installed.
The Fix: Install A Home Security System
This one is self explanatory, but it’s easy to see from actual statistics that having a home security system is a great way to deter burglars and protect your property and family here in the Lowcountry.
BONUS STAT: Average Burglary Loss Is $2300
With the average dollar loss per burglary at around $2300 (higher in many areas here), it’s easy to see that when investing in a home security system is always a great idea here or anywhere you might live.