As excerpted from SouthCoastHerald:
“In Statistics South Africa’s recently published annual victims of crime survey (VOCS), just over 128 000 households experienced robberies where the criminals came into contact with the residents during the period under review (April 2016 to March 2017).
While this number has been on a downward trend since 2013 with a 0.8% decrease from the previous year, the number of incidents is still high.
Approximately 7% of households in South Africa were victims of crime in 2016/17, compared to about 9% of households in 2015/16.
Ivan Govender, district manager (KwaZulu-Natal) for Fidelity ADT says crime is at an unacceptable level and it is important to be prepared. “The first thing we encourage residents to do is to stay calm and try to think rationally in the situation. A home invasion is a very frightening situation especially when you have to worry about other family members,” says Govender.”
Home Invasion Avoidance South Africa
- Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.
Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.
- Most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed.
- The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby.
The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home. They may also check for signs that you’re on vacation—such as flyers or newspapers piling up at your door, an un-mowed lawn, or trash cans left at the curb.
- Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.
Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and take off before being noticed.
- Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.
A surprising number of burglars gain access to homes through open or unlocked entrances. First floor windows and doors are especially well-liked by burglars—particularly when a burglar can be concealed behind overgrown vegetation.
- An astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.
- Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first.
Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuable items carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they scavenge through dresser drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search closets. Cash, jewellery, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home.
- Someone is home during nearly three out of every ten burglaries.
Coming home to find your material possessions stolen is frightening enough, but victims who are home when the burglary occurs experience even more trauma. According to a crime victimization survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, a household member is present during approximately 28% of burglaries, and 7% of these victims experienced some type of violent crime.