In most parts of the United States, the long, dark and freezing winter nights are finally starting to let up. Winter is a time when people are particularly vigilant about the threat of home invasion but in actual fact, burglars prefer daylight. Break-ins become more common in the U.S. when the evenings get longer, spiking ten percent in June, July and August in particular. There is a belief that people leave their guard down, perhaps even becoming complacent, as the stretch in the evenings grows longer. While it’s true that some burglars use the darkness of night as cover, the chance of people being home during a winter break-in is higher. People leave their homes more often during bright weather spells and 60 percent of burglaries happen between 6am and 6pm, according to the FBI.
In 2016, 278,600 break-ins occurred at night with 486,006 happening during the day with $2,361 stolen on average. With spring on the horizon, which areas in the U.S. have to cope with the most serious burglary threat? The most recent FBI data shows that the South-Central states are worst affected with New Mexico experiencing the highest rate in 2016. It had 830.4 instances per 100,000 inhabitants, something that isn’t too surprising to many experts, considering how the Mexican drug trade passes through the state, especially Albuquerque. Arkansas came second on the FBI’s list with 795.5 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants while Mississippi was third with 781.4. New York had the lowest rate of burglary per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016 with 201.7.