When is a Burglar Most Likely to Strike?

By Peter Alligan, Managing Director at Eurotech Security Systems

When is a Burglar Most Likely to Strike?

  • Burglars target homes when occupants are believed to be absent for minimal resistance.
  • Being aware of peak burglary times helps take necessary precautions for home safety.

Time of Year

  • Spring sees an increase in burglaries due to open windows for fresh air.
  • Summer months like July and August have high burglary rates as more people go on vacation, leaving homes unoccupied.

Time of Day

  • Burglaries are more likely between 10 AM and 3 PM.
  • Homes tend to be empty during these hours, with residents at work or school.

Burglar Behavior

  • Burglars spend about 15 minutes inside homes to minimise suspicion.
  • They may knock on the door and check if it’s unlocked before attempting entry.
  • Master bedrooms are often the first target due to valuable and untraceable items.
  • Experienced burglars may know your home’s layout, allowing them to quickly reach desired areas.

Preventive Measures

  • Always lock doors and windows, even for short absences.
  • Install deadbolts for added security.
  • Maintain garden plants to reduce hiding spots.
  • Arrange for mail and newspapers to be collected while on vacation.
  • Use automatic timers for lights to create the illusion of an occupied house.

Electronic Security Options

  • Intruder alarm systems with external bells act as deterrents.
  • Warning signs about alarms can be placed near potential entry points.
  • CCTV systems discourage intruders as they feel watched.
  • Entryphones linked to mobile phones create the appearance of someone being home.
  • Low-wattage LED lighting, both indoors and outdoors, creates a lived-in feeling.

Summary: Burglaries tend to occur when homeowners are away, seeking the path of least resistance. Being informed about peak burglary times enables taking effective precautions for home security. Warmer months like Spring and Summer see higher burglary rates due to open windows and extended vacations. Burglars usually strike between 10 AM and 3 PM when homes are likely to be empty. They spend a short time inside, focusing on valuable master bedrooms. Preventive measures include locking doors and windows, using deadbolts, maintaining gardens, and employing timers for lights. Electronic security options like intruder alarms, CCTV, entryphones, and LED lighting contribute to deterring burglars and creating the impression of an occupied home.