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Burglary Facts and Statistics...
Property crime makes up slightly more than three-quarters of all crime in the United States
Burglary accounted for 21.2 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed in 2005. The average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2005 was $1,725.
Of all burglary offenses in 2005, 65.8 percent were of residential structures.
Most (62.4 percent) of residential burglaries in 2005 for which time of occurrence was known took place during the day, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Among burglaries of nonresidential structures when time of occurrence was known, 58.0 percent occurred at night.
A burglary takes place in the U.S. every 14.6 seconds according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Crime Clock.
Overall, in about 84% of all burglaries, the offender gained entry into the victim's residence or other building on the property.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report 2005
Source: Crime in the United States 2005 Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation Release Date: September 2006
Where Burglars Enter a House...
One survey in Pennsylvania showed that 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.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
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