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The Most Common Items Stolen in a Home Burglary

by Madison Brown • 16 August 2016

If you’ve been following along with our recent blogs, we now know that burglars work extremely quickly. It can take less than a minute for them to get in, and they typically spend less than 10 minutes inside a home. A burglar has a keen eye for valuables, so he can get in and out in a short amount of time.

The Most Common Items Stolen in a Home Burglary

What exactly is a burglar looking for? Unsurprisingly, one-third of completed burglaries, involve the theft of an electronic device or household appliance. Coming in a close second is personal portable items -- this includes items such as clothing, furs, luggage, briefcases, jewelry, watches and keys. The third most stolen category of items is of course cash followed by tools and miscellaneous equipment. A more surprising fact, however, is that although burglaries have decreased overall, the median value of the items being stolen has increased by 54%. On average, a household burglary, costs the homeowner $2,116 just in stolen items


The good news is, there are security measures you can take to protect your home. Now that you know what intruders are looking for, you can take necessary measures to keep them out of sight. Items in plain view are like an invitation for burglars. If you don’t already own one, consider purchasing a safe. When you are not using items such as extra cash, watches and other jewelry, store them in your safe to make sure no one can get them. Finally, consider home security options such as an alarm or a HAVEN lock. HAVEN is preventative in nature making it 10x less likely an intruder can get in your home.

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