What Thieves Are Most After in Homes (State By State Stats!)

Posted by Cary W Porter on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 12:55pm

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Here are some sobering stats from the FBI: A robbery occurs every 1.6 minutes in the U.S., a burglary every 18.2 seconds, and a larceny theft every 5.4 seconds.

SafeHome, a home security systems reviews resource, analyzed FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data from 2015 to determine the items thieves most commonly target.

The most stolen items were classified as miscellaneous valuables, jewelry, and precious metals, according to the report. In some states, certain thefts were more common than others. For example, in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Colorado, thieves were more likely to target diamonds, gold, silver, and other jewelry. Meanwhile, clothing was the most stolen items in seven states, including California and Tennessee.

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Burglary is the unlawful entry of a place, such as a home or office. Burglaries don’t just happen at night, either: The report shows that assailants broke in during daytime hours or evening hours at the same rate. In fact, burglaries that occurred during daytime hours tended to result in a higher loss than those that occurred at night, according to the report.

It All Adds Up

Besides miscellaneous valuables, items stolen from people’s vehicles were the most lucrative types of larceny in 2015. Worth more than $54,000 every year, on average, commonly stolen items from cars and vehicles tended to include items like handguns and smartphones. Even with car insurance, having the full value of these items replaced isn’t guaranteed, and you have to take your deductible into account if your coverage does extend to break-ins and subsequent damage.

Crimes from buildings – including homes and office spaces – accounted for nearly $46,000 in stolen property every month. When it comes to professional spaces, even politicians have been targeted. In 2016, a South Dakota senator’s office was broken into, with the thief running off with internal hard drives from the senator’s computers. In April 2017, six thieves coordinated a robbery from a Georgia Apple store on Easter, getting away with products worth thousands of dollars.

Shoplifting (nearly $16,000) and auto accessories (more than $11,000) were both highly ranked for the cost of damages every month, on average, in 2015, while bicycles added up to more than $4,500 a month in stolen property.

Here is a link to the full article: https://www.safehome.org/resources/stealing-strangers-stuff/

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