This story from KPHO.com in Phoenix, Arizona, doesn’t spell out — but does suggest — two themes that Home Invasion News sees in a good percentage of “home invasion” crimes. Both themes indicate that many media-reported home invasions have some relationship to the drug trade:
1. The assailants knew the victim.
In “classic home invasion,” the perpetrators typically do not know the victim personally. They may know of the victim or have knowledge of items in the house, but they typically do not know the victim(s).
2. Drug dealing and/or drug use were probably a motive in the crime.
Why do we say this? Over time, Home Invasion News has noticed certain information that reporters hear from law enforcement or neighbors during interviews keeps popping up. For example, in the Phoenix case reported above, the news report said:
1. “The 23-year-old man, who police have not yet named, often visited from Mexico according to police. But the motive for the beating is still under investigation.” (Because the permanent residents were not at home, because stolen property was not reported, because a beating took place for “no apparent reason,” this indicates the assailants may have known — and/or had a grudge against — the victim.)
2. “A neighbor told CBS 5 News, ‘We see a lot of drug traffic here all of the time,’.” (Obviously, this information indicates a possible drug-related crime.)
After reading this story, we went back and reviewed some research we conducted On July 24. As we noted in our post titled Home invasion Kidnapping: How Likely Is It? “A sizeable percentages of crimes reported by the media as ‘home invasions’ involve one gang/group of drug dealers forcing entry into the home of another gang/group to retrieve drugs and or cash from the sale of drugs.”
We based that conclusion on some research Home Invasion News turned up on July 24. Bear in mind that our efforts were in no way a statistical study. The methodology was far from scientific. It was just a Google search. On the other hand, what we uncovered confirms what we already suspected, namely: Drugs are a primary/driving component of many or most “home invasions.”
Here’s how the research on July 24 went:
• When we searched the term “home invasion” for the past year, Google returned 233 million entries.
• When we searched the term “home invasion” for the past year, and excluded the word “drugs” from the search, Google returned 141 million entries, or 40% fewer entries.
• When we searched the term “home invasion” for the past month, Google returned 127 million entries.
• When we searched the term “home invasion” for the past month, and excluded the word “drugs” from the search, Google returned 57 million entries, or 56% fewer entries.
This suggests — though it does not prove — that approximatley 40% to 56% of “home invasions” reported by the media involve drugs in some capacity, either as an item sought, or an item stolen.
So are you at risk for home invasion? Do you use or sell drugs?
Answering “no” to this question may not save you, but it definitely reduces your risk.