Because home invasions are typically filed as a robbery, burglary, battery, assault, rape, or murder, keeping the public informed of the frequency of home invasions within their communities is difficult. However, thanks to data gathered by the FBI and Statistics USA, we’re able to get a better idea of the prevalence of this sinister crime:
- Home burglaries occur approximately every 15 seconds in the U.S.
- Most home intruders force their way into homes through the front door.
- In the U.S. alone, 1 out of every 5 homes will be victimized by a violent home invasion or burglary.
Highlights *An estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. *A household member was present in roughly 1 million burglaries and became victims of violent crimes in 266,560 burglaries. *Simple assault (15%) was the most common form of violence when a resident was home and violence occurred. Robbery (7%) and rape (3%) were less likely to occur when a household member was present and violence occurred. *Offenders were known to their victims in 65% of violent burglaries; offenders were strangers in 28%. *Overall, 61% of offenders were unarmed when violence occurred during a burglary while a resident was present. About 12% of all households violently burglarized while someone was home faced an offender armed with a firearm. *Households residing in single family units and higher density structures of 10 or more units were least likely to be burglarized (8 per 1,000 households) while a household member was present. *Serious injury accounted for 9% and minor injury accounted for 36% of injuries sustained by household members who were home and experienced violence during a completed burglary.
When we lived in Alexandria, Virginia, there was a rash of "home invasions". Was I worried? Not really. You see, the homes invaded belonged to Asians who ran cash-businesses (convenience stores, etc.) and they kept large amounts of cash, gold, and jewelry at home, most likely because they were not declaring all of their income. Asian gangs knew of this, and would invade the home, hold people hostage, and steal tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
If they invaded my home, I could only hope they take a check. But again, you see a statistic here that applies to a narrow social group. People who live on the shady side of the law (unreported income) are targets for crime. Mr. and Mrs. Middle-Class, who have everything in a mutual fund account, really can't be "robbed" of much, can they?
1. Crime is not as prevalent in America as the News Media and Crime Shows suggest. The odds of being victimized by crime are very low. And all agree that crime rates have dropped dramatically in the last 25 years.2. If you are a middle-class American living in a decent neighborhood, the odds drop even more dramatically. Statistics average together people in high-crime areas with low-crime areas. If you are not a drug dealer or a drug user, you don't live in a slum, ghetto, or trailer park, the odds of being a victim of crime diminish rapidly.3. A gun could protect you from an "intruder" but such a situation is a far-fetched scenario. You are far more likely to injure yourself or a family member than to "stop a crime".4. If you decide to get a gun, learn how to use it and safely store it. Leaving loaded firearms in drawers is never a good idea. They do make rapid-response gun safes that can be opened quickly in case of emergency.5. If you detect an "intruder" in the house, make sure it isn't your teenage daughter trying to sneak back in from a late-night party, or your spouse having a midnight snack. It is very easy to be disoriented late at night, when it is dark, and you are suddenly awakened.6. Own less shit. If you keep large sums of cash, jewelry, drugs, gold, or other valuables around your house, you are more likely to be victimized by criminals. Buying guns to protect your television makes no sense at all.