Commentary- FBI statistics show a decrease in the number of break-ins in 2014 from 2013. At the same time security system users have increased in greater numbers than this decrease. We, in the industry, think this is no coincidence; more security system users = less break-ins.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines burglary as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. To classify an offense as a burglary, the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred. The UCR Program has three subclassifications for burglary: forcible entry, unlawful entry where no force is used, and attempted forcible entry.
- In 2014, there were an estimated 1,729,806 burglaries, a decrease of 10.5 percent when compared with 2013 data.
- The number of burglaries decreased 20.2 percent when compared with 2010 and was down 19.7 percent when compared with the 2005 estimate.
- The estimated number of burglaries accounted for 20.9 percent of the estimated number of property crimes.
- By subcategory, 58.3 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry, 35.2 percent were unlawful entries, and 6.5 percent were attempted forcible entry.
- Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses in 2014. Overall, when the average value was applied to the estimated number of burglaries, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,251.
- Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 73.2 percent of all burglary offenses.