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Sponsor: 10 shocking facts about burglars

Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde and Mr. Blue are just a few of the aliases used by the criminals tabbed to take part in the big heist. They all get together with the crime boss to plan the robbery. Obviously this isn't how the typical home robbery occurs, it's the plot from the movie "Reservoir Dogs."

Even though this is just a fictional Hollywood scenario, your home can still be burglarized by some scary characters. That's why our sponsor, SimpliSafe, wanted to let you know about these 10 shocking facts about burglars.

Shocking burglar facts

  • Burglars are local - One of the most surprising facts about burglars is how close they live to their victims. Statistics show that the typical burglar lives within two miles of the homes that they rob. It's easy for the criminal to target homes near their residence because they can keep an eye on the victim's daily routine. They know the perfect time to strike, including when you're at work or on vacation. Bonus tip: Here's how to keep burglars out of your home while you're on vacation.
  • Devious minds - According to the FBI, in 2015 there was an average of one burglary in the U.S. every 20 seconds. That means that there were 1,576,800 burglaries last year. Only about 13.6 percent of those burglaries resulted in arrests. Yikes! That's a shockingly low number of arrests compared to the amount of reported crimes. This shows just how sneaky the average burglar can be.
  • Not nocturnal - Many people believe that the majority of break-ins happen during the middle of the night. This actually is not the case. Most home burglaries occur during the middle of the day, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. This is the criminal's path of least resistance as the typical resident is at work or school during these hours.
  • Super-fast - Since thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets, it doesn't take them long to get in and out with the stolen goods. On average, the criminal can break into your home in less than one minute. An unprotected home can be burglarized in under 10 minutes.
  • Point of entry - The most common point of entry for the burglar is right through the front door. That's where they enter about 34 percent of the time. Their next favorite entry is a first floor window, which they enter nearly 23 percent of the time. Shockingly, many of these doors and windows are left unlocked by the victim.
  • Brazen - Even though most burglars target homes when the resident isn't around, there are still many brazen criminals. Nearly 30 percent of home robberies occur when someone is at home. This increases the chance of it becoming a violent crime.
  • Very insightful - Burglars know that people are not great at hiding their valuables. The typical thief goes directly to the master bedroom as their first stop. They search for cash, jewelry and other valuables under mattresses, in dresser drawers, nightstands and closets. The FBI says the average property loss during a burglary is over $2,200.
  • The criminal's age - Unlike the Hollywood scenario that I described earlier, where the thieves were aged-professionals, the typical burglar is an inexperienced male teenager.
  • Repeat offenders - It is not uncommon for a thief to target the same home multiple times. Once they know the lay of the land and how to break-in, there's a good chance they will do it again.
  • Thieves target unprotected homes - Burglars do their best to avoid homes that are protected with security systems. One study showed that nearly 60 percent of convicted burglars admitted that if there was a security system present at a home they were targeting, they would move on to another.

Protect your home

The best way to stay safe is by installing a home security system to alert you and authorities of suspicious or threatening activity, whether you're home or away. Rest assured that both you and your belongings are safe with 24/7 monitoring and remote management. Don't forget to arm your system and always lock your doors (including when you're home)!

A home security system is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. In fact, the research out of the University of North Carolina, funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF), under the auspices of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), reveals 84 percent of burglars said if they were confronted with a home security system they would not attack the home. Even if you live in a low-crime area, you’ll rest easier at night knowing your abode is protected by a monitored home security system.

The solution is our sponsor SimpliSafe. It's an alarm system designed from the ground up to counter the problems with traditional alarms. Other alarm companies charge you more than $40 a month and make you sign a three-year contract. SimpliSafe costs $14.99 a month and has no annual contracts for monitoring. You only pay as long as you want and can cancel anytime.

Beyond monitoring, other alarm companies charge $100 to $500 to install the alarm system, and once it's installed it isn't going anywhere. With SimpliSafe, the only cost you pay is for the hardware, and you can build your own system that fits your needs and budget.

Even better, SimpliSafe can easily move with you from house to house, or even to an apartment. That's because SimpliSafe doesn't require any drilling or complicated installation.

Don't forget that installing an alarm system can save you up to 20 percent on your homeowners insurance, so you will get some of that money back. And if you buy SimpliSafe today, you get FREE shipping, plus a FREE keychain remote worth $25 when you use promo code KIM.

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