Burglars target homes even in the safest neighborhoods, meaning it’s important to protect entry points to your home. Some parts of your home leave you more vulnerable to break-ins than others. By securing the weakest parts of your home, you can better protect yourself against burglary or intrusion.
Learn more about the weakest parts entry points to your home and how to secure them.
Did you know that approximately 30% of burglars enter homes through the front door? To secure your front door, check the hinges and locks to make sure they are working properly. Then, replace any outdated or broken hardware.
Homes with recessed doorways or other architectural elements that obscure the door are also at risk. If this is the case for your home, make sure the area is well-lit, and consider putting up visible deterrents like a security alarm sticker or beware of dog sticker.
First and foremost, make sure that-unless open- your windows are locked. You should also consider the age of your windows, as windows weaken and become worn over time. Additionally, be wary of shrubbery or other obstructions near your windows where an intruder might hide.
Glass is obviously quite easy to break, but so are window latches. Replace worn or outdated hardware like latches to strengthen your windows. While first floor windows should be your priority, don’t forget to secure second floor windows, too.
While your dog or cat’s freedom is great, pet doors offer an easy entry point for intruders. Fortunately, technological advances have increased the security of pet doors. Some pet doors even use a key attached to your pet’s collar to remotely open the door when your pet comes in.
Most pet doors also come with a latch that you should lock whenever you leave the house or go to bed. If you have an older pet door with no security measures, consider replacing it.
Your garage may not seem like an obvious place to burglarize. That’s exactly why intruders take advantage of unlocked garage doors or unlocked cars within garages. Be sure to lock both your garage door and your car. It’s also a good idea to take any valuable possessions into the house rather than keeping them in your locked car.
With attached garages, you also need to consider the possibility an intruder might enter your home there. Secure the door from your garage into your home like you would any other entry point. You may also want to invest in a garage door sensor to detect movement in or around your garage.
Decorative doors, like a French or sliding door, can also act as an easy entry point for intruders. When securing specialty doors, take into account the extra security measures they may require. Install special locks and handles to prevent potential burglars from jimmying the lock or breaking the glass.
While it may sound like a lot of work, taking the time and effort to secure the weakest parts of your home is important. Not to mention, it can save you time, money, and heartbreak by preventing an intrusion or burglary. In addition to securing weak entry points to your home, installing a comprehensive security system will keep you and your family protected.
Sonitrol offers a number of security system options to help homes and small businesses of all sizes. Interested in learning more about what Sonitrol can do for you? Contact us today for a free home security consultation.