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The Anatomy of a Burglar (Infographic)

on Nov 06, 2014

When it comes to criminals, there is not a one-size-fits-all. From young men to older women, people of all ages and both genders have been imprisoned after committing illegal acts.

But when it comes to burglars, are there any consistent similarities? According to Correctional Services Canada - yes, a lot!

On average, burglars have very short careers early in their lives. Less than two thirds of accused burglars are over 25 years old and nearly none are over 50 years of age. But no matter what the age, 95% of them have one thing in common: They’re men! Only 5% of all burglars in Canada have been women.

Beyond age and gender, a majority of the accused burglars conduct similar behaviors during break-ins and robberies. Here’s a look at the most notable trends:

  • 16% of accused robbers are young offenders
  • Robbers are more likely than any other offender to use weapons
  • 25% of all burglars use firearms
  • Another quarter use other offensive weapons like clubs and knives
  • Almost half of all robbers use threat or physical force
  • 25% of robbery victims received at least a minor physical injury
  • Nearly 80% of convicted robbers in Canada are incarcerated
  • 23% of those convicted in provincial courts are sent to prison


What can you do to stay safe?

With such a high volume of violence directed towards robbery victims, it’s important to be proactive in protecting yourself against potential danger.

At AlarmForce we know the importance of keeping you and your family safe, so here are our top five tips to avoiding dangerous situations and for staying calm while in them.

  1. Give burglars reason to stay away Burglars want to get in and out undetected as quickly as possible. Motion sensored lights, home alarm systems, and visible security cameras will ensure any potential robbers will be deterred from approaching your home.
  2. Keep small valuables in sight and expensive ones well hidden Studies show that if burglars find anything of value, even if it’s something minimally expensive, they’re likely to steal it and then abandon the job considering it a success. If you keep all of your valuables – both small and large – in the same area, a robber will search until they find them, giving the robber a chance to take everything.
  3. Cooperate with any reasonable demands Although robbery victims do have a 25% chance of getting harmed during the altercation, it can be avoided by simply cooperating with what the robber is asking. If they request you give them your personal belongings like wallet or jewelry, they’re likely to leave you unharmed if you oblige. Unfortunately that does leave you without said possessions, but it will keep you safe, so the trade-off is well worth it!
  4. Create distance If the robber asks for your belongings, throw them as far away from you both as possible. Nearly 95% of the time they will go after the belongings, giving you time to get away.
  5. Call for help Even if you escape unharmed, their next victim may not be as lucky. Remember as many physical details of the robber as possible and report your incident to the police as soon as possible.