The value of items and cash stolen during household burglaries increased 54 percent from 1994 to 2011, according to a new break-in analysis released Thursday by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. The median financial loss was $600 in 2011, up from $389 in 1994, adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile, the burglary rate and attempted burglary decreased 56 percent during the same period, from a peak of 63.4 to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 U.S. households.
The decline was consistent across most of the U.S. household demographics. However, some types of U.S. households experienced a greater percentage decline in burglary than others. The greatest declines occurred among households in urban areas (down 63 percent), those headed by Hispanics (down 67 percent), and those with an income of $75,000 or more (down 74 percent).