These Six Home Invasion Statistics Might Surprise You

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(DGIwire) — How safe is your home, really? When we think of home invasions, we think of a crafty cat burglar cutting power lines and shimmying in through a skillfully picked window or door—a feat hard to pull off successfully. But in reality, home invasions are commonplace. According to the Electronic Security Association, one occurs on average about every 15 seconds in the U.S. This statistic can inform thinking about just how safe our belongings really are. Here are some facts to consider:

  1. Although three out of every five burglars force entry into a home, about three of every 10 use an unlocked entrance—mainly doors or windows—to gain access, according to
  1. Most burglars attempt to verify whether a house has a functional alarm system before trying to break in, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The researchers found a majority of those convicted of burglary assert that they avoid houses with security; if an alarm went off, they fled immediately.
  1. Wireless home security systems are the most secure, according to, which also reports that about a quarter of burglars say they cut alarm or telephone wires prior to entering a home. A wireless system solves this problem because—as you may have guessed—there are no wires to be cut.
  1. Although lightning doesn’t strike twice, burglars often do. recommends that home invasion victims install an alarm, because burglars often return to houses they perceive as an easy target.
  1. The FBI estimates the average loss per burglary at $2,185. That doesn’t include the emotional baggage that break-ins exact on a family.
  1. A member of the house was present for around 30 percent of burglaries, and seven percent resulted in violence toward that person, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“When it comes to securing your home, you can never be too careful,” says Applied DNA Sciences president & CEO James A. Hayward, Ph.D. “Our advanced security technology is designed to reduce the risk of theft.”

Applied DNA Sciences, a Stony Brook, NY-based authentication and security company, has developed a novel home security system for tagging personal belongings. Its DNAnet© technology involves a marker based on plant DNA that can be used to tag household items and ensure they can be identified as stolen if and when recovered. The company also offers Sentry, an intruder tagging system that covers an offender in an indelible plant DNA-derived marker, linking him or her to the scene of a crime.

“However you choose to protect your home, do it,” Hayward adds. “Your peace of mind is the most important asset you have.”