More than half of all burglaries happen through forced entry, and they almost always choose the same entryways. Are you aware of the most vulnerable entrances of your home, and have you taken the appropriate measures to protect them? If not, you run the risk of becoming an easy target for criminals.
Apart from making sure that the entrances have good lighting and are highly visible, you also need to make them more resistant to force. Here are some of the favorite ways for thieves to get into your home, and what you can do.
1. Front door – The majority of thieves will attempt to go through the front door first. Make sure that you do not leave any spare keys lying around under the mat, on top of the frame, or anywhere nearby; they check for those. Invest in a solid front door, since hollow-cores are very easy to kick in. Deadbolts are the most effective locks for stopping unauthorized entry, but you need to install them correctly.
2. Windows – If they can’t get in through the door, thieves will try your windows next. Make sure that they have strong locks, and frames made out of metal or wood. Never leave any ladders outside your home, and install shatter resistant glass film on every window on the first floor; when the window refuses to break at their first few attempts, many criminals will hesitate to proceed.
3. Patio Doors – Homes with glass patio doors are quite vulnerable, since these are significantly easier to break into than other entry points. They tend to have many security flaws, to the point that very few thieves have to break the glass itself. Thankfully, modern patio doors have started correcting these issues, and there are some products on the market that improve their security.
There are many ways to make your house less appealing to burglars. A good alarm system is an almost guaranteed deterrent, especially if you put up signs and stickers alerting them to the security system. A barking dog will send most thieves running, and surveillance cameras can help catch them after the act.