Common Ways Burglars Enter Homes


Burglary is one of those things that a lot of people just assume will never happen to them, but when it does it can turns out to be an absolute shocker.

Sadly, there are just so many people out there waiting to take advantage of homeowners who believe they aren’t at risk from a burglary. And, truth be told, it’s a lot easier to break into a home than you might think. While movies love to show us scenes with elaborate break-ins and daring heists requiring great deals of skill, most burglaries are much simpler and happen much faster. Here are the most popular ways a majority of burglars get into homes.



The Front Door

You’d think a burglar would never have the audacity to simply walk through the front door, but it is one of the most common entry points for thieves simply because of this line of thinking. Seasoned burglars know have got a lot of tricks and if they know you’re not home, many thieves will simply kick in the door or remove it from its hinges. A large percentage of completed break-ins involve forced entry, but an even bigger share of these burglaries were through an unlocked door. People commonly forget to lock their doors, or have a key within easy reach of the lock, making the front door a surprisingly common target for burglars.



Windows are perhaps the most fragile point of entry in most homes. But unfortunately, the sound of breaking glass is unlikely to catch the attention of a neighbor; and most people will simply ignore the sound of a glass breaking if they only hear it once (you can’t expect them to immediately assume there’s a burglary in progress). There are times, however, a burglar won’t even have to break a window to get through it. Many windows do not have strong enough locks to keep a determined burglar out or even worse, simply left open. Ground level windows may commonly be shielded by tall plants or privacy fences, which may help give you privacy but also provide a thief some privacy as well while he tries to break in. Keeping shrubs and vegetation trimmed can at least discourage a would-be burglar even a little bit.

Burglar breaking into a house window with a crowbar

Secondary Doors

Although the front door is one of the most common entry points for a burglar, you can be certain a thief will attempt to test every possible opening for a way inside (you can bet he won’t just try the front door, find it locked, and call it a day). This includes side doors, garage doors, even skylights and more. Don’t neglect an entry simply because you don’t use it often, because a criminal will absolutely use it if it’s in any way possible.

Protect Yourself

The fact of the matter is, perhaps the best way to truly ensure your home is protected whether or not you’re there is to install and maintain a custom home security system. A monitored alarm system can scare burglars off with exterior cameras and other visible measures (a home security sticker in plain sight can go a long way), and offers a last line of defense and alert if someone should attempt to break into your home.


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