Stats Don’t Lie: Surprising Truths About Home Burglaries

May 20, 2023 | Crime Stats

Every year there are 2.2 million burglaries in the United States, which averages out to a burglary every 14 to 15 seconds.

This statistic is shocking, but an even more surprising statistic is that >87% of burglaries are considered preventable. Simple solutions such as locking the doors every time you leave the house, not broadcasting when you’ll be away from home on social media, and investing in a professionally monitored home security system will help protect you from becoming an unfortunate statistic.

EMC Security has protected more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Georgia since 1998 and is dedicated to offering the best professional home security technology and support on the market.

We’ve outlined 5 surprising home break-in statistics that you should know.

In addition, we’ve also included solutions for how EMC Security can protect you in each of these cases.


Most burglaries take place during daylight hours

Although many of us envision burglars lurking in the night, the majority of home break-ins actually take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The reason for this is that most people are away from their homes during these hours, whether at work or school.

Solution:  Video surveillance options allow you to keep an eye on your home while you’re at work using an app installed on your smartphone, tablet or computer, on which you can watch live video and receive alerts and clips of any motion detected.


34% of burglars enter through the front door.

Surprisingly, most burglars enter your home through its main entry point. Whether they walk in through an unlocked door, kick it in, or pry it open, most break-ins occur through the front door.

Solution:  In addition to keeping your front door (and all other doors) closed and locked at all times, EMC Security’s video doorbells are a great way to deter criminals from targeting your home. For added protection, consider installing home automation features such as a timed or motion-sensor light near the front door.


Home security systems really do thwart criminal activity.

According to a recent study by Fox 5 Atlanta, home security measures work. Some of the more interesting statistics from the study include: 60% of burglars reported they would leave immediately if a security alarm was triggered; 66% responded that a visible security camera would deter them from breaking in; and 60% responded that lights turned on inside the home would make them think twice about attempting to break in.

Solution:  It’s never too late to invest in a home security system from EMC Security, which offers a number of options that will best fit your needs.

a criminal outside of a house

Burglars target the master bedroom first.

The master bedroom is an easy target for criminals, considering many families store jewelry, important documents, cash, weapons and other valuables in this location.

Solution: Consider investing in a safe that can be bolted to the ground, or hide valuables in unlikely places. EMC Security also offers motion detectors that can add an extra level of protection. These motion detectors use a passive, infrared motion sensor to detect motion inside your home.


Someone is home during 3 out of every 10 burglaries.

A household member is reportedly home during nearly 28% of burglaries. While coming home to find your house has been broken into is scary enough, being home when someone targets your household is even more traumatic.

Solution: Make sure your home security system is activated even when you are home, and keep doors and windows locked. Visible security cameras, motion detectors, and other home security safety measures can also help stop a break-in before it happens.


Give EMC Security a call today at 770-963-0305 to discuss your needs and how we can build a Home Security System that’s right for you.