Burglary is defined as an unlawful entry – or attempted entry – of private property. Force may be used to gain entry, but surprisingly, many thefts are opportunistic in nature. Furthermore, the illegal intrusion of a home is not the only definition of a burglary. Illegal entry of a shed, garage, or any private structure also constitutes as burglary.
A recent report by the United States Department of Justice showed a three percent decrease in burglary from 2014 to 2015. This decrease was a continuation of a downtrend in property crime that has seen the burglary rate cut in half since 1993. Home security systems, no doubt, play a role in this decline.