Closing The Door On Burglaries: 4 Home Entry Points To Secure

Simple techniques to keep your home secure.

They say when a door closes, another one opens. While this is generally a positive thing, it may not be good for homeowners – burglars can use open doors or windows as opportunities to break into your home!

That’s right. Some thieves don’t have to bring chainsaws or other tools to pry your home open, as there are already many vulnerable entrances that provide them easy access to your property. Most homeowners neglect this, though, thinking that they are safe and secure with their state-of-the-art alarm systems in place. However, in order to beat the burglars, you need to think like one. And obviously, intruders would first ask, “Where’s the quickest way in?”

Here, we list the four most vulnerable areas intruders use to gain entry into your home, and a few tips on how you can strengthen your home security.

Pet doors – Pet doors make it easy for our furry friends to get in and outside the house as they please. However, it also makes it easy for intruders to infiltrate your home simply by crawling through it (if the pet door is large enough for a person to enter) or by widening the opening. To keep pet doors from risking your family’s and property’s security, consider getting the smallest door your pet can comfortably get through and have your locks ready, as well.

Pet Door

Garage – Another area prone to unauthorized access is the garage. Thieves often view garages as their own box of treats because it’s where people store valuables such as cars, bicycles, lawnmowers, golf clubs and other tools. A garage with a door leading to your home will especially make it effortless for prowlers to hit the jackpot. You can protect your garage and valuables, and block any unauthorized entry by never leaving your garage doors open for a long time, maintaining them regularly and securing your valuable tools in solid cabinets.

Windows – It doesn’t matter if they’re living room windows or basement windows. As long as they’re open, not visible from the street, blocked by plants or bushes, or without window screens, burglars will definitely find your windows attractive. Hence, you should understand that windows deserve as much protection as your doors. Get in the habit of locking your windows always, even in the morning. While open windows let the glorious sunshine in, they also invite thieves. Also make sure to trim plants that block the view to your windows, and have security screens installed.

Windows Screen

Front or Back Doors – The front and back doors are the most popular entry points for burglars, and perhaps the first area they check before getting to other entrances. Thus, this means it isn’t just enough to have doors that look lovely and presentable; they must also be secure enough to keep prowlers away. Aside from using strong and sturdy locks, homeowners can greatly benefit from installing high quality steel security doors. When buying a security door, though, make sure to purchase from a reliable manufacturer to ensure that the product has passed quality standards.

These are only some of the areas burglars use to break into your home. By being aware of the weak points in your home and taking measures to secure them, keeping your family and properties protected can be easy.

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By Debra Wright

Marketing specialist Debra Wright enjoys learning new things both online and offline. Her love for discovery encompasses varied subjects from the mundane to the riveting, including topics like home security. When she is not in front of her computer or behind the wheel for a road trip, she is busy with her oven trying to master her baking skills.

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