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Most Likely Entry Points for Burglars in Your Home


Most Likely Entry Points for Burglars in Your Home
by Alek Sabin

As a homeowner, it can be easy to think about things like break-ins and burglaries and assume that those are things that only happen to other people. It can be hard to really feel the threat of a burglary until it happens. Once it does, though, the reality sets in, and it can feel absolutely devastated to lose your beloved possessions. For this reason, it’s important not to wait to protect your home against a possible intruder. In order to best protect your home, you need to know how a burglar is going to look at your home. Here are a list of common entry points that a burglar can use to enter your home...

Right through the front door

It might sound simple, but that’s exactly why it works. A burglar doesn’t want to have to expend a great deal of effort breaking into your home. An ideal burglary takes place in only a couple minutes, which is why they want to get in and out as quickly as possible. For this reason, going through the front door is their best bet. 

There is a surprisingly high number of people who leave their doors unlocked when they leave their home, and that is perfect for a burglar who doesn’t want to draw a lot of attention to themselves. The first thing that a burglar is going to do when breaking into a home is check to see if the front door is unlocked. For this reason, it’s important to install a strong lock on the front door, and to always lock it when you leave the home.

Garages

Oftentimes, it is a lot easier to break into a garage than into the main home. People often leave the side and back doors to their garages unlocked, which makes it easy to get inside and break the lock that leads from the garage to the interior of the home. 

This is great for a burglar because they don’t have to worry about curious eyes catching them in the act of breaking in. Because of this, you want to make sure that your garage is always secure. Also, if a garage is highly secure, then most burglars are going to assume that the rest of the home is also secure. This will inspire them to look elsewhere.

Pet doors

If you have a dog or a cat that needs to go into a backyard a lot, there’s a good chance that you also have a pet door that makes it convenient for them to do so. Well, they’re not the only creatures that can get in and out of the door. A burglar is always going to check to see if there is an open pet door if they know that the owner of a home is away. Even if they can’t fit entirely through, they may be able to unlock the main door from the pet door, making it easy to get in and out. 

For this reason, always make sure that you lock the pet door when you leave, as well, unless you are leaving your pet home and they need to use it to get outside. In that case, though, a burglar will probably be deterred by the presence of your pet.

Trees

A burglar doesn’t want to have to break a window to get into a home. That’s liable to cause a loud noise and alert somebody to their presence. Homeowners are pretty good about locking the windows on their lower level, but something to look out for is if a burglar is able to use a tree to climb up to a window on a higher level, which is more likely to be unlocked. 

Once inside, they can take what they want and simply leave through the front door. For this reason, always make sure that all windows are locked when you leave the home. In addition, it might be a good idea to prune your trees so that a burglar will be unable to get to the higheer levels of your home.

Thanks to Christine Hill for doing this very informative guest post


Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in any form. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. She blogs about marketing here. Follow more of her writing on Twitter @readwritechill.

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