Report: Home Security Facts 2019 (U.S.)

Interested in learning more about home security trends and crime statistics for the year? 

Below you will find comprehensive facts and stats covering the home security industry as analyzed by us here at High Security Home:

2019 Burglary and Home Invasion Statistics:

  • Approximately 11.5 people out of 10,000 fall victim to property crime every year (US Department of Justice, FBI).
  • There is one burglary every 13 seconds.
  • There are between 2.3 and 2.6 million robberies every year in the United States.
  • The safest month of the year is February, when cold and snow tend to deter would-be criminals.
  • The worst month for home invasions is July, when people are on vacation and out of town the most.
  • 41% of burglars claim that the robbery was an impulsive decision based on an opportunity that presented itself.
  • Renters are more likely to be robbed than homeowners.

Facts About Home Security Systems:

  • Not having a home security system increases the likelihood that your house will be robbed by 300%.
  • Only 17% of US residences have a working home security system.
  • 83% of burglars say they look to see if a home has an alarm system before making a decision about whether or not to break in.

Facts About Burglars 2019:

  • 7.2% of home invasions turn violent.
  • 65% of burglars know the owner of the home through at least some loose connection.
  • The majority of burglars are looking for small, high-value items like jewelry or drugs, that can be sold quickly for a quick profit.
  • Overwhelmingly, burglaries and home invasions are committed by young males.
  • Over 95% of home invasions require a forceful entry, meaning locked doors and closed windows are not a deterrent for most burglars.

Burglary Trends 2019:

  • Property crime is currently declining by about 1% per yer.
  • Larger city residents are seeing the biggest drop in crime, compared to suburban and rural households.
  • Full crime data on home invasions can be found directly on the FBI’s website here.


One of the single-greatest deterrents when it comes to keeping a home safe seems to be a home security system. If a burglar has the opportunity to pick between several houses, the odds are currently strong that one of them will NOT have an alarm system, and thus make for the easiest target.

This gives homes with signage that suggests an alarm system is active are far less likely to be burgled. No matter your neighborhood, city, or state, this fact remains consistent across the board, that an active security system will keep your home safer than those around you without one.

If you’re looking for more information on how to find a reliable home security system, you can search for providers available in your neighborhood here.