Are Home Invasions on the Rise?

Are Home Invasions on the Rise?

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    Are Home Invasions on the Rise?

    While statistics tell us crime is down, it just seems that there are a rash of violent home invasions in the news involving brazen break-ins, shootings and thefts. I realize this is unscientific, it just seems to be constantly in the news. Is it just me being hypersensitive? Thoughts?
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    Hard to say, unless there is a huge increase. As with many crimes, it's entirely likely a good percentage of them aren't even reported, as in police-phobic neighborhoods/regions and in situations where criminals' places were "invaded."

    There certainly seem to be far more of them being reported, these days. Might well be that as the felons get more knowledgeable and brazen, they're attempting such things more frequently. Who's to say? All I've got access to is the basic stats reported, same as most folks, so it's hard for me to dispute them.
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    I think we're going to see an uptick in crime levels for this year... At the FBI UCR level, anyway...

    As to home invasions, something I watch nationally thru google news...it does seem that there are more reported... And, some states, over the last year, have made "home invasion" a distinct crime on it's own... as opposed to burglary and/or robbery.

    It also seems to me... that there are more "home invasions" away from the "hood." Bad folks going more and more into the "good" neighborhoods... A little less "targeted" home invasions.... drug-on-drug, money-on-drug type stuff...

    Targeted as in having been "cased" first, that seems to be rising....

    Older folks, known to have more prescription drugs, some pain killers... seem to be targeted more and more.
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    My neighbor is a local cop, and he said that home invasions are increasing, and not just with drug homes.
    One student in our school was a driver for a home invasion group...just a plain ole' young girl...I couldn't believe it.
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    Have a group working here in NJ that have been coined...The James Bond Gang....have made national news for there home invasion / robberies throughout the east......very sophisticated.....even have rotating license plates on their escape vehicles.

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    Seems to me, home invasions get a LOT more "media attention" when the perps don't escape, uh...unscathed. Just a break-in, violent assault and/or theft won't make the news. But let the home owner defend his/her life and property with a (gulp!) GUN and watch the media trucks & ambulance chasers fill the street. Then the entire event is heavily slanted toward making the victim seem like some sort of violent, loner sociopath. Funny, you seldom hear details regarding any police record on the...deceased.
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    This is what led NC to become a castle doctrine state a couple of years ago, and led me to join the CC handgun ranks. Well, not really, I already had a shotgun under the bed but now I have a Glock on the nightstand or coffee table when watching TV and can carry it when I go out. I'd hate to live in a gun-hater state.

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    I say "Yes", home invasions are on the rise.

    Here is why I believe there is an increase:

    Unemployment is high. When unemployment goes up, so does the crime rate...more break-ins and burglaries. Because unemployment is so high, there are more people who are at home instead of at work. This increases the number of minutes during any 24 hour period that a home is likely to be occupied. This increases the chances of a criminal choosing a home which happens to be occupied at the time the break-in occurs.
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    It seems like we're more inundated with media coverage of it, but in Maine there's barely a week that goes by without one or two pharmacy robberies for painkillers. That is part of what pushed me to concealed carrying to begin with and with a down economy, I don't expect any improvement anytime soon.

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    Are Home Invasions on the Rise?

    I think your instincts are correct. The problem is the term " Home Invasion" is a new term. Most are categorized as Burglaries, which is a Property crime. That is a category that is increasing and expected to continue to do so.


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    IMO..............a daytime burglery is one thing but a Home Invasion.... knowing the residence is inhabited at the time, is a way serious situation where these BG's are prepaired to do you and yours serious physical harm or death......let the cards fall where they may.
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    I don't know if they're on the rise around here as I haven't been counting. I do know there are a lot of them.
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    First ask who's statistics? In Milwaukee WI to bring down the crime rate they just stopped taking reports. They also would take up to two days to respond to a home invasion if no one was dead. They then required you to come in a file the report. So Reports are down are home invasion down?
    No they are not but the statistics say they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    While statistics tell us crime is down, it just seems that there are a rash of violent home invasions in the news involving brazen break-ins, shootings and thefts. I realize this is unscientific, it just seems to be constantly in the news. Is it just me being hypersensitive? Thoughts?
    I think our area is seeing a lot more burglaries and home invasions due to the heroin epidemic. The junkies are getting desperate. Heroin has gotten very cheap and people are getting hooked at an alarming rate.
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    People moving weight need to be executed. I'm so tired of costly penalties that don't solve the problem. I guess I need to get used to it because I doubt it will be changing anytime soon.
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