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Burglaries: 3 Common Entry Points

When it comes to improving your home security, knowing which steps are the most necessary to keep thieves away is beneficial. This is why Locks & Keys has put together a guide on the three most frequent entrance points used by burglars, as well as what you can do to strengthen their security and help avoid burglaries.

Front Entrance

The front door of your home is the most popular point of entry for thieves, with 34% of burglars utilising your front door to gain access to your home. Burglars frequently search for open doors to enter and exit an opportunistic break-in quickly and easily. They will also search a home for concealed keys, such as beneath doormats, plant pots, and other locations where a spare key may be hidden! If there is no other way into your home, they will break or bypass the lock using tools, destroy glass panels, or use sheer force.

Tips To Protect Front Door From Burglaries:

  • Always lock the doors, even when you are on the property.
  • Upgrade locks to more secure locks.
  • Ensure your door is sturdy and not made from cheap wood.
  • Use a chain or bolt lock at night.
  • Use a motion sensor light to light up your front door at night if someone is approaching.
  • Install a burglar alarm.

Back Doors And Sliding Doors

Back doors and sliding doors are the second most frequent entrance point, accounting for 22 percent of break-ins. Because it is hidden from the street and has a lower risk of being observed by neighbours, this entrance point is frequently used at night. Surprisingly, individuals commonly leave rear doors open since they are rarely used. Sliding doors are also very vulnerable since the lock mechanisms are readily unlocked and they are composed of glass, which may be smashed to obtain entrance if the property is unoccupied. Even when they are locked, sliding doors may be readily pulled off their tracks!

Tips To Protect Back Doors And Sliding Doors From Burglaries:

  • Always lock doors.
  • Upgrade locks to more secure locks.
  • Have a dowel installed in the tracks of sliding doors.
  • Use a sliding bolt to prevent sliding doors from being lifted off the tracks.
  • Have motion sensor lights installed at the back of your property.
  • Install CCTV.

Garage Doors

If your home has a garage attached to it, this is another common entrance point for burglars. Approximately 10% of thieves utilise this technique of entry to gain access to your house. Most people believe that if the garage door is locked, the entrance from your house to the garage is also locked. This could not be more untrue! Because garage doors are very easy to break into, once a thief has gotten beyond this barrier, they have easy access to your house while remaining hidden from neighbours and passers-by. Not only would criminals have easy access to your house, but they will also have easy access to high-value things such as power tools and bicycles that are stored in garages.

Tips To Protect Garage Doors From Burglaries:

  • Lock the garage door and the internal door to your property.
  • Upgrade garage door locks to stronger, more secure locks.
  • Ensure the garage door is made from a strong material such as metal.

If your home has a garage attached to it, this is another common entrance point for burglars. Approximately 10% of thieves utilise this technique of entry to gain access to your house. Most people believe that if the garage door is locked, the entrance from your house to the garage is also locked. This could not be more untrue! Because garage doors are very easy to break into, once a thief has gotten beyond this barrier, they have easy access to your house while remaining hidden from neighbours and passers-by. Not only would criminals have easy access to your house, but they will also have easy access to high-value things such as power tools and bicycles that are stored in garages.

Contact Us for More Information On Securing Your Home In Gloucester

Contact Locks & Keys now for more information on how to enhance your security measures to help prevent burglaries, or to have any of the security measures described above implemented at your home or business.

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