According to recent reports by the FBI, during 2015 the great majority of home break-ins took place during the day. These were also the most costly robberies for homeowners with bad guys getting away with an average of $400 more when striking during daylight. In fact, residential robberies result in higher losses than any other robbery category outside of banks with the average value of stolen items totaling over $1,500. Here are a few ways for residential customers to protect themselves.
Know What Robbers Want to Steal
If you know what will be the target of a daytime home invasion, these items can be better protected. What are the top items stolen?
- Electronic devices – These are usually high-value items that are easy to grab (tablets, smartphones, etc.).
- Cash – Often left in dresser or nightstand drawers, this is an easy to find and grab item.
- Firearms – Weapons have high resale value and are easy to take if not properly stored in a locked gun safe
- Jewelry – Easy to find in the bedroom and easy to take.
When a homeowner knows what items need to be protected, these items can be made inaccessible during the daytime hours when no one is home by use of a safe or even simply keeping the items in an unexpected location in the house. Surveillance can provide additional protection.
The Importance of Monitored Surveillance
Another shocking figure from the FBI study is that more than 40% of home invaders bring a gun. This makes response time by the authorities vital, especially if someone is home during the robbery attempt. NMC is proud to provide surveillance monitoring. Our customer service representatives are always kept up to date with the latest emergency response training to ensure that consumers have a calm and rapid response during such times of emergency.