Burglaries have increased in some Metro Detroit communities over the past 10 years, with Macomb County experiencing the largest percentage increase, 23 percent reports the Detroit News. “It’s a crime of opportunity,” said Lee Hoeksema, president of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan. “And there are people who have made burglary their line of work.”
The crime occurs once every 14.6 seconds, and more than 70 percent of them happen at a residential home, says the FBI. Home invasions are not classified as a distinct offense and are counted as burglaries. Nationally, reported burglaries in the last couple of years have declined, according to the FBI’s unofficial count. In 2010, there were more than 2.1 million burglaries in the United States — down 2 percent from the previous year. However, the number of reported burglaries in 2010 was up 2 percent from 2001.