Home invasions and burglaries are a concern to Texans. According to the 2002 Texas Crime Report, the estimated number of burglaries committed in Texas in 2002 was 212,702. This number represents a 4.1% increase when compared with number of burglaries in 2001.
Strange as it may seem more burglaries were committed in July than any other month, this may be due to the fact that most people take their summer vacations in July, The month with the fewest burglaries was February.
The 2002 burglary rate for Texas was 976.6 for every 100,000 persons. The change in the burglary rate from 2001 was a increase of 2.0%.
Of all reported burglaries in 2002, 65% occurred at residences. Forcible entry accounted for 64 % of all burglaries, while 32% were unlawful entries without force and the remainder were forcible entry attempts. Of the offenses for which the time of occurrence was known, 55 % were during the day with 45 % during the night, and the value lost was greater during the day (60%) than at night (40%).
In 2002, Texas burglary victims suffered losses totaling $351,440,979. This total represented a decrease of 4.8% when compared to 2001 total burglary losses. The average dollar loss per burglary was $1,659. The average loss for residential offenses was $1539, while for non-residential property was $1,886.
In 2002, 18,815 arrests for burglary were made by TX law enforcement agencies. When compared to 2001, the number of persons arrested increased 2.5%. Of the arrests, 27% were juveniles (16 and under), with the remainder being adults; 91% were male; 76% were White; 24% were Black; 66% were Non-Hispanic and 34% were Hispanic. The age group with the largest number of arrests was the 15-19 year old group.
For more information on Home Security, call and request a copy of the Home Security Manual and Checklist or call to schedule an in-house seminar on the subject. In the seminar participants will learn how to look at their home with a critical eye and take action to provide the most security for their families. They will also be able to receive a discount on their home owners insurance policy. This is a 4 hour seminar.