If someone busts down your door to rob, steal or burgle, the odds are you know him!

On the outskirts of a yellow crime scene tape: Two men, at least one armed, had burst into the house around noon and one of the intruders was shot dead.

An Albemarle County police spokeswoman stated officers believed there was no danger to the neighbors, and the reason why because, a spokesman for the Charlottesville police later noted, most home invasions “are incidents in which the people are known to each other in some way.”

Known persons might seem odd, but according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the cops are correct: The folks trying to take your money, electronics or pawnables are usually former lovers, family or acquaintances.

Although there is no official home invasion crime classification, the bureau did the best it could by compiling information on violent burglaries committed while victims were at home.
The majority of home invaders, about 60 percent, were unarmed, the statistics show. Of those who were armed, 12 percent had guns, 10 percent knives or “sharp weapons” and the others carried “other types” of weapons.

About 26 percent of home invasions resulted in violent crimes against household members, with simple assault being the most common offense, followed by aggravated assault, robbery and, in less than 3 percent of invasions, rape or sexual assault.

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