According to a recent FBI crime report, there were 1.5 million burglaries in the United States in 2016. While this represents a reduction of 4.6 percent from 2015, the number is still shocking and alarming. As a homeowner, you need to be aware of the threat of a burglary and take steps to protect yourself, your family, your home and your assets.
There is good news. The more educated you become, the better prepared you can be. Here you can learn about five surprising facts about home burglary and landscape lighting that every homeowner should know.
Burglars Actively Avoid Properties with Lighting and Security Systems
According to a report that was generated by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina, approximately 60 percent of all convicted burglars have said that the presence of a well-lit exterior influences burglars to move on and choose another house.
A preventative tip to keep your house from being a target is to install landscape lighting throughout your yard. If you don’t have this installed right now, it’s time to call the professionals.
The Average Loss Per Home Burglary is more than $2,000
In 2016, burglary victims lost more than $3.6 billion in assets and money. A great way to prevent this loss is by installing affordable landscape lighting. The fact is, there’s a lighting solution for virtually any budget. Not only will these lights help to improve your home’s aesthetics, it can also keep you safe and increase your home’s value.
Additionally, the cost of installing landscape lighting is minimal compared to the cost of a burglary.
Someone is Actually at Home in Every One Out of 10 Burglaries
Arriving home to a location that has been burglarized is traumatic enough. However, if you are home when this happens it’s next-level frightening. However, someone is home during approximately 28 percent of all burglaries.
A great way to help prevent this is by keeping your landscape lighting on – regardless of if you are there. You may think if you are home, nothing will happen, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Keeping everything on will help deter someone from targeting your home.
Fewer than 14 Percent of all Burglaries Result in an Arrest
The majority of burglaries are extremely difficult to solve. As a result, it’s important you take steps to prevent them. With lighting installed on the outside of your home, you can have plenty of illumination to capture a burglar if they try to target your home on your security system. This makes lighting an invaluable part of your overall security plan.
The fact is, your exterior lighting is your home’s and your family’s first line of defense. If you don’t have any landscape lighting installed now, contact The IDL Company for help. They can create a design that not only looks amazing, but that helps to keep your home and family safe.