Home Burglary and Theft Considerations
For most watch collectors, the BlumSafe represents an optimal security solution against home theft and burglary. Justice Department statistics show why.
In deciding whether to purchase a safe and what type, you must consider:
- the likely threats to your valuables (discussed in this post), and
- the type of protection reasonably necessary to protect against those threats (discussed in our next blog post).
General Property Theft Statistics
Fortunately, FBI and Justice Department statistics identify the most “likely threat to your valuables” in the US. Here are some basic facts from the Department of Justice 2014 Criminal Victimization Survey and related sources:
- In 2014 there were 114 burglaries or thefts per 1,000 households. In other words, more than one in ten households experienced one or more property victimizations —
- Approximately 80% of these “thefts” were by invitees — someone who had a legal right to be in the house (such as a housekeeper, delivery person or guest), and
- The balance of such thefts were by burglary – i.e., by unlawful entry (ostensibly by a stranger).
Detailed Theft Statistics
- Home burglary/theft typically happens between 10 AM and 3 PM, more during warm weather than cold weather.
- A typical incident lasts between 90 seconds and 12 minutes. This means that the thief only has time to go after low-hanging fruit, and not attack objects like safes that are sturdily mounted or attached to your house.
- A thief typically first targets the master bedroom is the first room, looking for items that are easily pawnable and in plain view or in drawers, jewelry boxes and bedroom closets. Think cash, electronics, jewelry, cash, guns.
- Most burglars are males in their teens, predominantly under age 25, and “amateurs” at their craft. They typically live close by.
- A home or apartment without a security system (or signs indicating a security system) is 3 times more likely to be burglarized than a home with an alarm system. See Inexpensive Electronic Monitoring of the BlumSafe for a simple solution.
- 34% of burglars enter through the front door, and almost 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.
- The typical burglar is armed with no more than a screwdriver, a hammer and maybe a knife. This means that a sturdily-mounted safe will be too much of a challenge for him, and too noisy a target at which to hammer away – especially if he has already found something of interest (for instance, a cheap, unattached but locked decoy safe). Interestingly, approximately 85% of burglaries are committed by such poorly-equipped fast moving, young amateurs.
- The average arrest rate for burglaries in the U.S. is only 13%.
The Logical Conclusion:
This pile of statistics indicates that the overwhelming threat against your stuff is presented by the stealthy invitee or a low-skilled, fast smash-and-grab home burglary — not a highly equipped, more brazen (and potentially dangerous) professional.
Taking into account these probable risks, in our next blog post we will discuss what a “reasonable type of threat protection” looks like, at least from our point of view.