Burglary Statistics, Research, and Facts

Key insights + statistics

  1. Homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be broken into and burglarized. (Alarms.org)

  2. 46.9% of people don’t have a home security system installed in their home. (The Zebra)

  3. 83% of would-be burglars check for the presence of an alarm system before attempting a break-in. (FBI)

  4. 34% of burglars use the front door when breaking into a home. (Bureau of Justice)

  5. There are 2.5 million burglaries annually in the United States. 66% of these are home invasions. (US Department of Justice)

  6. Police solve only 13% of reported burglary cases. (Pew Research Center)

How many burglaries there a year?

There are 2.5 million burglaries annually in the United States, according to the United States Department of Justice yearly data, with over half of these being home invasions. Further crime analysis reveals there are four primary types of burglaries: completed burglary, forcible entry, unlawful entry without force, and attempted forcible entry. While these numbers may seem frightening, across the United States, property crime rates have dropped. Furthermore, as security systems become increasingly more affordable and available, protecting your home from external invasions is now easier than ever.

The Zebra’s research team analyzed national data and compiled the following report. Using federal databases such as the Bureau of Justice and Pew Research Center, as well as The Zebra’s own proprietary data, the following is an examination into the increasing and decreasing trends of property crime and burglaries (including home invasions), providing holistic insight into a darker side of American life. 

Burglary statistics in 2020

In September of 2020, The Zebra conducted a nationwide survey of 1,500 American homeowners and renters to gain deeper insight into common concerns and oversights regarding personal security and safety. The survey found that:

  1. 46.9% of people don’t have a home security system installed in their home.

  2. 20.2% of people have had their cars burglarized, while only 5.8% had their homes burglarized.

  3. 15.9% of respondents chose their dog for security reasons.

  4. External cameras were listed as the most important feature to have in a security system (32.3%). Motion sensors (28.6%) and floodlights (24.5%) were found to be in the top three most important features.

  5. 17.2% of people do not lock their front doors while at their home, despite the front door being the access point for 34% of burglars.

  6. 56.1% of respondents have not taken a personal safety training class.

  7. 55.4% of respondents have a fire safety evacuation plan.

  8. 38% of people own a weapon for personal safety reasons.

most important security feature

However, a large disparity between the behaviors of men and women became apparent when further analysis was conducted. According to the data, women are aware of the threat of home invasion, but do not allow fear to conduct their lives.

  1. 57.5% of women have taken a personal safety training course while only 42.5% claimed they had as well.

  2. 55.7% of women lock the front door while they’re home, while only 44.3% of men do so. 61.1% of women post on social media when they are away from home, potentially alerting would-be burglaries of an easy target.

  3. Women listed a video doorbell as the most important feature in a security system. Men found that a digital door lock was most important.

  4. More men than women considered safety and security when purchasing a dog.

  5. More men than women own a weapon for personal safety.

Home burglary statistics by year

For more information on yearly burglary crime rates, consider visiting the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.