When was the last time we thought about our home’s safety? For many people, they never think twice about it until a burglary happens. What may surprise us is the likely places burglars get in our home is often the places we often use the most & would least think of…
Did you know that most burglaries take place in one of three ways? And for the most part, there’s no need for forced entry because homeowners tend to make it quite simple for burglars to break in.
Coming in Through the Front Door
Coming in the front door is about as easy as it gets for burglars, and this just so happens to be one of the main ways they’re able to enter. It’s true most homeowners lock their front doors when they leave but not all take the necessary precautions to be sure burglars don’t just walk in the front door. The 3 ways the front door makes for easy access:
- Find the key under the welcome mat, flower pot, or close by rock.
- No deadbolt? A simple slide of a credit card gets you in.
- No surprise here: The door is unclocked!
To keep your front door safe, make sure to install a deadbolt lock as well as a regular lock that is bump proof. Furthermore, the door strike-plate needs to have long screws in it, and you can’t go wrong with a chain lock, either for when you’re home or leave through the garage.
Straight Through the Window
When the warmer months roll around, there’s nothing better than opening the windows and letting the fresh air blow through your home. But when you leave your house or go to bed at night, it is pertinent that you close each window.
Open windows on the first floor are eye candy for burglars, so don’t forget to close and lock each one. Even if you’re going on a 5-minute errand, it’s better to lock the windows and be safe rather than to have a stranger in your home when you get back.
Some burglars have also been known to come through windows that have air conditioning units in them. If you have a window ac unit, you’ll want to fasten it securely to the actual window sill. Although this doesn’t deter professional burglars, it does help protect you from the majority of opportunity thieves. Check out the illustration below to see how to securely fasten your window ac unit:
Coming Through the Backdoor
Although you may not use your back door all that often, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a prime point of entry for burglars. Your back door should be secured in the same way your front door is, locked at all times with a deadbolt. Just as you always make sure the front door is locked when you leave, you should do the same for the backdoor.
Don’t think a chain link fence or other gated area will stop a thief from browsing the back of your home and checking to see if a door is unlocked.
An astonishing 2 million burglaries take place each year in the US. Over 30 percent of them involve intruders gaining access through an unlocked door or window. Whether you’re renting a house or you own one, you’re just as likely to endure a burglary at least once in your life. With a home security system, however, you’re 3x’s less susceptible to having your home broken into. Those are odds you’ll want to bet on so give us a call for a free estimate to see if you qualify for a free installation.
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