We have worked several of these in the past few months and this crime seems to be picking up across the US. Home Invasion Facts: According to a United States Department of Justice report: 38% of assaults & 60% of rapes occur during home invasions. 1 of every 5 homes will experience a break-in or home invasion. That's over 2,000,000 homes! According to Statistics Canada, there has been an average of 289,200 home invasions annually over the last 5 years. Statistically, there are over 8,000 home invasions per day in North America According to Statistics U.S.A., there was an average of 3,600,000 home invasions annually between 1994 and 2000 Property Crime Facts (According to the FBI in the US: www.fbi.gov): One property crime happens every 3 seconds. One burglary occurs every 10 seconds. One violent crime occurs every 20 seconds. One aggravated assault occurs every 35 seconds. One robbery occurs every 60 seconds, or 1 minute. One forcible rape occurs every 2 minutes. There were over 2 million burglaries in 2005. An increase in burglary offenses was the only property crime to increase in 2005 compared with the prior year data. Here are a couple of articles from across the US Action News BERLIN, N.J. - November 2, 2011 (WPVI) -- This is a story of a home invasion that has police concerned and an elderly couple shaken and scared. Police say the suspect knocked on the front door asking for directions. The elderly woman obliged. He then went back to his vehicle shown on surveillance video at a nearby hospital. He then reemerged with gloves, a ski mask, and a handgun. "He then forced his way into the house and proceeded to scuffle with the individuals," Berlin Borough Police Chief Robert Cararra said. The woman tried to escape. Her husband, who uses a walker, tried to help. He was pistol whipped and both were tied up. The burglar ransacked the house and stole $180 cash. "They thought they were going to die; they actually thought they were going to die," Cararra said. The elderly man is dealing with a potentially deadly head injury. His wife has a couple of broken ribs and suffered a heart attack after the ordeal. Police say it's the third time someone has broken into the home, however, investigators don't believe they're connected. Neighbor Geoage Tiberino has also had his home broken into several times in recent years. "They are all on drugs and they got to make a few bucks," Tiberino said. Berlin police say the suspect was driving a 2008 to 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer. It has New Jersey plates and the FBI is trying to enhance the plate number. Anyone with information is urged to call police. "They still fear for their lives. They are worried about retaliation by the suspect, so we're going to do everything we can to protect their identities while at the same time try to do the best we can to apprehend the suspect," Cararra said. Equal Opportunity Profession: 1 Man, 3 Women Arrested in S.C. Home Invasion January 5, 2012 | Filed under: Stories | Posted by: admin <!-- /metas -->On May 23, two women knocked on a victims’ apartment door, saying their car had broken down. After the door was opened, two men forced entry into the home in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The perpetrators raped the woman and assaulted the man before leaving with two flat screen television and two cell phones. On December 21, three women were arrested in connection with the crime. Twenty-one-year-old Kearanee Chadron Brewton, 21-year-old Marianna Sheree Howard, and 20-year-old Ashley Nicole Nelson have been charged with armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. A month earlier, in November, Darius Leander Wilson was arrested in connection with the incident. Wilson was charged with armed robbery, criminal sexual conduct, burlgary, two counts of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The second man had not been charged, as of this writing on January 5. In the invasion, Herald Online reports that the man was tied up, stripped naked, and subjected to hot water and bleach being poured on him. The two men stayed in the house several hours looking for money, with one of them reportedly saying, “Don’t y’ll got some money in there? Where is the money?” A neighbor heard the victims scream for help and called police. Now what I do and would like to see what others do is I keep a gun with me 24/7 I guess being an L.E.O. and part of a drive by when I live in an apartment. I also keep guns through out the house I keep the doors lock when home and a rubber wedge under them I have a locked gate on the front and rear yard/ With dogs I have cameras on front and back doors. What worries me is I know how quick a person or a group of people can enter a residence. From the warrants I have done over the years and when it happens it's a shock to the people inside. Thats what we rely on to keep us safe get in and secure the area. Even with a gun in hand focusing and processing whats happening is going to slow you down. So if I can have warning it's coming I can be ready for the threat. Another concern is the family when I'm not there, we have talked and practiced and also have a safe room. They know not to attempt to defendt the doors just get to the room and set up a defence from there. I know this is kind of a long post but with the econemy thing are getting worse and I just want people to be aware and lose the false sence of security at home.