One of my friends quoted an incident that happened to her, a man walked into her house through an unlocked front door, stole her purse and turn around, fled quickly never to be seen again. She reported to the police, but nothing happened as the police couldn’t find the guy as she described.
That being the case, think how many people faced a similar situation. How difficult it is to identify the thief if you haven’t seen him? Without the proper security measures and wireless home alarm system, you are exponentially more possible to have your house broken into. Listed below are some of the most common entry points for thieves:
Who Is a Normal Burglar?
There are at all times exemptions to ‘norms,’ but through investigating the majority of burglary cases, profilers can produce a picture of the ‘average’ home thief. The majority of home break-ins are committed by young men under the age of twenty-five.
Where Is Your Home Most vulnerable?
If you do a security check of your house right now, I bet you will find a few unlocked doors and windows, door locks, and bushes that offer cover-up. These are the four most common entry points:
- 35% of thieves enter through a front door.
- 24% of robbers get access to the home from a first-floor window.
- 20% of home intruders use a back door.
- 10% of burglars enter houses through a
A thief is ready to exploit every chance you provide him, beginning with the most comfortable and most secluded entrance points. Thieves that attack housing areas know they don’t have much time to get into your house. If entry can’t be gained quickly, they will commonly move on to a target that’s laid-back.
Here are the five most common home entrance points that we recommend homeowners to double check:
- Doors: This seems understandable, but the front door of your home is a thief’s preferred entryway. Have a buried key anywhere near your house? Give it to a neighbor in its place. As the saying goes in the home security industry, “The simpler you make it, the simpler it will be.”
- Sliding doors: Besides with unsafe standard front doors, unsafe sliding doors are a common entry point for robbers to gain access to a home, according to the police. Fitting thick rods in sliding glass door rails help stop these types of doors from opening. You can also have smart door sensors installed to prevent tampering.
- Windows: Your preferred window in the house (you know the one that allows all of that lovely sunlight in throughout the day) is also your robber’s favorite. Why? It’s an accessible entrance. Most individuals don’t understand the significance of barring their windows but trust me when I say that thieves do and they will use your idyllic ignorance if given a chance. Installing a wireless glass break sensor will immediately alert the monitoring center about an intrusion who will send for police instantly.
- Large hedging: Any significant, decorative hedging you might have in front of your house could be seen as a picture-perfect hiding place for thieves. Possible thieves might also use big trees to access second-story windows. To evade unintentionally producing a cover for intruders, try to keep tree limbs away from windows and hedges no higher than the bottom of your first-floor window ridges.
- Dog Doors: Entry designed precisely for your pets is a devious little way for thieves to whichever enter homes or to access to the door lock. According to police its best not to have a dog door but if you ensure it’s not big enough for a thief to get in. Think about installing a motion or image sensor which triggers when anything bigger than your pet tries to enter.