How Likely Are You to Get Burgled? - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

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This is from Kevin Raposo at SimpliSafe. a developer of home security systems with a mission to help people live safely without introducing any complexity, hassle or annoyance into their lives.

When it comes to burglary rates, it turns out – unsurprisingly – that not all states are created equal. This interactive infographic can tell you exactly how your state, or any state, compares to the national average for burglary rates, which is 667 per 100,000 households. Some of the results are unexpected (New York’s burglary rate is really 50.6% lower than the national average?); others are sadly predictable (residents of poor states in the Deep South are significantly more likely to be victims of burglary than the national average). Taken together, they paint a portrait of regional and national burglary trends.

Just as telling, you can see how a state’s burglary rate has changed over the past several years. In Mississippi, where burglary rate is a dismal 41% higher than the national average, the trend is at least good: the rate of burglaries there has decreased by 0.6% since 2000. (In the same time period, though, burglaries nationwide have decreased 8.0%.) Meanwhile, comparatively safe Massachusetts, with a burglary rate 22.1% below that national average, has seen a 7.8% increase in its rate since 2000.

What does all this add up to? Scroll down to see how much stuff has been stolen from American homes in the past 24 hours alone. Typically, it’s around $11 million worth of goods. And what kinds of items are thieves after? Take a look: electronics top the list, but personal objects, vehicle parts, and firearms are right up there. Even pets may be targets.

No matter where you live – be it Virginia (burglary rate 46.0% below the national average) or Alabama (burglary rate 47.6% above the national average) – it makes sense to protect yourself from home invasion. A few simple measures can make a big difference. Keep your doors and windows locked; invest in an inexpensive alarm system; landscape your home for security. After all, staying safe isn’t really about where you live – it’s about how you live, and about taking steps to foil burglaries wherever they occur.


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