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What You Don’t Know About Home Burglaries

Just in time for the return to the big screen of Bilbo Baggins, perhaps the most unlikely of burglars in literature, comes this infographic on home theft.

In the book I co-wrote a couple of years ago on lighting (Green Lighting), we took a brief look at the question of whether outside security lights or street lights actually decrease crime. We reported that the results are inconclusive, and that experts are divided on the matter, although most seem to think motion-activated lights may help some (they also use less energy).

And so I note with particular interest that, according to this infographic, a whopping 65% of residential burglaries happen during the day. It’s also surprising to me that homes in the suburbs are allegedly 1.5 times more likely to be targeted than homes in urban areas.

This last point gives me some comfort, because I do live in an urban area, with bars on my windows. It does make me wonder if part of the lower rate in urban areas can be attributed to increased security, or whether such measures as window bars are actually not needed.

What do you think?

Home Burglary Infographic

Infographic by Safe Sound Family


  1. Shawn Chong
    January 10, 2013, 2:48 am

    I don’t think the police would arrest Santa Clause… any more than they would arrest the Tooth Fairy!

  2. Ima Ryma
    January 9, 2013, 6:05 am

    From old common law, burglary
    Is house breaking and entering
    With the proven intent to be
    A doing some unlawful thing.
    And so it comes as no surprise
    That many accused, in defense,
    Claim there is a legal surmise
    Of lawful be there evidence.
    “Why was I there?” some accused say
    Was to do a right not a wrong.
    This excuse oft holds little sway.
    The courts find guilty and “so long.”

    According to some current laws,
    A burglar would be Santa Claus.