It takes a burglar just 8-12 minutes to rob your house. This infographic from shows the statistics and gives helpful tips to inform home owners how to protect their home.

Summarizing the infographic.

Areas of the home that burglars break into most often;

  • The front door (34%)
  • First floor window (23%)
  • Back door (22%)
  • Garage (9%)
  • Storage area (6%)
  • Basement (4%)
  • Second floor window (2%)

Most residential burglaries occur from 10:00am – 3:00pm when people are at work or school.

July and August have the most burglaries, and February has the least.

Tools that are often used to break into peoples homes;

  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Crowbars

Items that are most commonly stolen are small and easy to carry.

5 ways to make a burglars life difficult;

Install alarms. 60% of robberies on homes that have alarms are unsuccessful.

Don’t post about your vacation on social media until you’ve returned home. 78% of burglars admit to using social media when looking for homes to target. They are able to see who is on vacation and who has just bought a brand new TV.

Hide your valuables. Burglars rarely check kitchens and nurseries during the 12 minutes they’re in your home, these places are great hiding spots for valuables.

Don’t place hide-a-keys in obvious places. Burglars will check under the door mat and in potted plants for your spare keys.

Buy a safe. Home safes are inexpensive and cannot be broken into in the handful of minutes the burglar will be in your home, most won’t even try.

12 minutes to rob your house - Home Security Tips