3 Common Points of Entry For Burglars

Front Door

Its hard to believe that a burglar would have the courage to enter your home by just walking straight through the front door. Unfortunately this is the case, 34% of burglars use the front door. This is the highest percentage for any other point of entry to your home.

Unlocked doors are an easy target, however burglars will also look for spare keys in common hiding places like under the doormat or flower pot and just let themselves in. A lot of the time burglars won’t even consider using a key, they will kick the door down or smash a glass panel to enter or use tools to bypass locks.

Here are some tips to help protect you front door:

  • Always lock your door even if you are in the house.
  • Install a deadbolt lock for extra protection.
  • Make sure your door is sturdy and not made of cheap wood such as pine.
  • Use a deadbolt or door chain at night.
  • Use a motion sensor light to illuminate your home as a deterrent.
  • Have a burglar alarm installed.

Back Door/ Sliding Doors

Back doors are the second most common point of entry for a burglar with 22% of burglars gaining entry this way. It is also the most preferable entry point for a burglar as it is away from the street and there is less chance of being spotted by a neighbour. As people don’t tend to use these doors often they are usually left unlocked. Also sliding doors are particularly vulnerable not only because they can be smashed but their lock mechanisms can be opened quite easily and they can also be lifted off their tracks even when locked.

Here are some tips to help protect your back door/ sliding doors:

  • Always lock doors.
  • Install durable locks.
  • Putting a dowel in the tracks of sliding doors.
  • A sliding bolt will prevent sliding doors being lifted off the tracks easily.
  • Motion sensor lights
  • Install a CCTV system

Garage Doors

Garages that are attached to your home are a prime target for burglars to gain entry to your home. Around 10% of burglars gain entry by using the garage. This is because most people think that because their garage door is locked there is no need to lock the door from your home to the garage. This can be a costly misconception as garage doors are very easy to break and once a burglar gets inside they have easy access to your home and are they are concealed from neighbours and people passing by. Garages are particularly vulnerable as the burglar not only has access to your property but they are also used to store valuable items such as cars and power tools so these items are also at risk.

Here are some tips to protect your garage doors:

  • Lock both your garage door and any internal doors.
  • Upgrade locks to stronger locks that are more durable.
  • Make sure your garage door is made from a strong material such as metal.

Overall, whatever security systems you have in place there is always room for improvement and upgrades. Security lights, burglar alarms, CCTV and upgrading locks are all good ways to start improving your homes security, and statistically reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a break in.

 

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Easy Pickings Locksmiths

Easy Pickings Locksmiths are a specialist locksmith company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We are trained by the military and the Sunderland locksmith association and offer locksmith services to both the domestic and commercial markets. We also spend time educating our clients and our local community on how they can improve their home security.