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Criminal MindsUnderstanding What Makes A Burglar
https://www.alarmsystemreviews.comJuly 12, 2016
Common Traits Of BurglarsUNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report
UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS ...
Common Traits Of Burglars (cont.)UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report
UNDERSTANDING DE...
What Burglars Take
26%
22%
19%
18%
15%
Most Stolen Items In Burglaries
Cash
Jewelry
Illegal Drugs
Electronics
Prescription...
What Burglars Do With Stolen GoodsUNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report
UNDERSTANDING D...
How Burglars Choose A Target
• At Random: Less than 1/3 of burglars scout a home beforehand
• Far From Home: Some travel u...
How Burglars Choose A Target: Planning
When It Comes To Planning A Burglary
• 12% indicated that they typically planned th...
How Burglars Choose A Target: Deterrents
Biggest Deterrents To Burglary
• Home Security
• Proximity of other people (traff...
Sources & More
Where We Got Our Statistics & Helpful Resources To Keep You Safe
Sources
1. University of North Carolina at...
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Criminal Minds: Understanding What Makes A Burglar

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When it comes to home security, knowledge is power. We explore what motivates the typical burglar, what they take, and how they choose a target so you can better understand how to protect your home and family.

For more information on burglaries, home security, and home safety visit https://www.alarmsystemreviews.com

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Criminal Minds: Understanding What Makes A Burglar

  1. 1. Criminal MindsUnderstanding What Makes A Burglar https://www.alarmsystemreviews.comJuly 12, 2016
  2. 2. Common Traits Of BurglarsUNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE 53%37% 10% Primary Reason For Burglary Acquire Drugs Financial Gain Other 64% 49% 35% 17% 5% Drugs Living Expenses Partying Clothes/Shoes Gifts Gambling What Burglaries Funded
  3. 3. Common Traits Of Burglars (cont.)UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE Seasoned Offenders Most burglars have a history of criminal behavior 12.9 Average # of Prior Arrests 23.6 Mean Age of First Arrest 21.8 Age of First burglary Involved In Other Criminal Activity other types of crimes sampled burglars committed 54% Other Burglaries/ Break-Ins 12% Robbery 8% Homicide 7% Assault Getting caught does NOT change the activity of those surveyed
  4. 4. What Burglars Take 26% 22% 19% 18% 15% Most Stolen Items In Burglaries Cash Jewelry Illegal Drugs Electronics Prescription Drugs UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE
  5. 5. What Burglars Do With Stolen GoodsUNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE • 65% of Burglars dispose of the goods immediately • If not immediately disposed, burglars typically hide goods in: • friend’s homes • storage units or empty buildings • vacant houses • Most sell the items to strangers, pawn shops or second-hand dealers, or friends • Some sell items online, at auctions or to family members • Occasionally burglars reported trading the items directly for drugs
  6. 6. How Burglars Choose A Target • At Random: Less than 1/3 of burglars scout a home beforehand • Far From Home: Some travel up to 250 miles from their home to commit the crime in an effort to minimize identification and capture • 62.3 % Required use of a vehicle • 33.5% Used Their Own • 9.2% Use A Family Members • 22% Use A Friend • 12.5% Stolen vehicle UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE
  7. 7. How Burglars Choose A Target: Planning When It Comes To Planning A Burglary • 12% indicated that they typically planned the burglary, • 41% were spur of the moment decisions • 37% varied between planned and unplanned thefts • 25% reported they work alone • 25% reported they worked with others • 12.5% worked with family members Timing • 49% committed burglary within 1 day of planning • 16% within 1 – 3 days UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE
  8. 8. How Burglars Choose A Target: Deterrents Biggest Deterrents To Burglary • Home Security • Proximity of other people (traffic, active neighborhood, police presence) • Lack of easy escape • Dog • Outdoor cameras UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology – 2012 Report UNDERSTANDING DECISIONS TO BURGLARIZE FROM THE OFFENDER’S PERSPECTIVE Deterrents By The Numbers • 60% of burglars indicate seeing an alarm system would make them select new target • 83% of burglars attempt to determine if the home has a security system in place. • 50% discontinue attempt when detecting a security system
  9. 9. Sources & More Where We Got Our Statistics & Helpful Resources To Keep You Safe Sources 1. University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Survey & Final Report: “Understanding Decisions To Burglarize From The Offender’s Perspective”, 2012 2. https://www.alarmsystemreviews.com/ Top Safety Recommendations • Research & Purchase A Home Security System • Read customer & in-depth expert reviews on the top home security companies • WE RECOMMEND Frontpoint Home Security • Ensure Entrances & Walk Ways Are Well Lit • Get To Know Your Neighbors • Keep Upcoming Travel Plans Off Social Media • More information on burglaries

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