Home Break-In Quiz

How much do you know about the way burglars think? How would you profile a “typical burglar” type? Is your super secret hiding spot, really going to fool anyone?

Find the answer to these questions and much more when you take the following quiz about home burglaries.


1. The typical burglar is:

a) Professional male thief in his 30s to 40s
b) Inexperienced teenage male
c) Professional thieves working as a couple

2. Home invasions on average occur between:

a) 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
b) 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
c) 12 a.m. and 2 a.m.

3. How much time, on average, do burglars remain in a home during a break in?

a) 8 to 12 minutes
b) 3 to 5 minutes
c) 15 to 20 minutes

4. How do thieves most often gain access to a home?

a) Basement
b) First-floor windows
c) Garage
d) Front door
e) Back door
f) Second floor

5. Most robberies occur in businesses rather than homes.

a) True
b) False

6. Homes with security systems have less chance of being robbed than those without.

a) True
b) False



1. B – Most homes are not robbed by professional thieves, but inexperienced male teenagers.

2. A – Most home robberies occur during the day when home owners are at work.

3. A – The average burglars spends about 8 to 12 minutes rooting through your things.

4. D – 34% of the time thieves walk right in the front door. The next most popular points of entry include: First-floor windows – 23%; Back door – 22%; Garage – 9%; Unlocked entrances & storage areas – 6%; Basement – 4%; Second floor – 2%

5. False – 65% of burglaries occur in residential neighborhoods.

6. True – Not having a security system triples your chances of being robbed.

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