Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a home or other structure, such as a shed or garage, for the purpose of committing a theft. Burglaries account for approximately one in five property crimes each year, and cost victims an estimated $3.9 billion.
Three in four burglaries occur at residential homes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists burglary as the most common threat to homes south of the border—one occurs every 13 seconds. In Canada, the rate is 59 per 100,000—or about 21,000 burglaries each year. This e-newsletter offers several proactive measures, some which can be taken now, to keep your community members safe.
We hope these tips have been helpful and that you will share them with your community. Distribute Post-it® Notes and magnets imprinted with these and other burglary prevention tips to help everyone make their home a little safer.
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