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The Bureau of Jus­tice Statis­tics es­ti­mated that in 2010 (the most cur­rent year for gath­ered data), more than 3.7 mil­lion house­hold bur­glar­ies oc­curred. Of that num­ber, a mem­ber of the house was at home more than 1 mil­lion times. As shock­ing as that is to hear, the num­ber of ac­tual vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tions was more than 260 thou­sand times. It is im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to who comes in and out of your house. At least the vic­tim knew 65 per­cent of as­sailants.

The FBI statis­tics list 430 homi­cides on av­er­age per year be­tween 2003 and 2007. Sta­tis­ti­cally, you should have the ad­van­tage if you are armed, be­cause the as­sailant was armed with a firearm in less than 11 per­cent of all bur­glar­ies. It is more likely they will have a weapon of a dif­fer­ent sort, such as a knife. Over 40 per­cent of all bur­glar­ies are com­mit­ted by an in­truder armed with some sort of weapon.

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