These Are the Most Common Ways Burglars Gain Entry to Your Home — and How You Can Avoid Them

December 13, 2017

When it comes to petty crime, we have a little tried-and-true advice: don’t make yourself a target. While there’s always a possibility that a burglar will enter your home, securing every entrance into your home will greatly reduce that chance. In particular, protecting common entry points will likely ward off all but the most determined intruders.

These are the most common times, methods, and points of entry through which burglars may try to enter your home. Here’s how to ensure that they don’t succeed!

1. Through the Fire Escape

The fire escape is an easily accessible route into your apartment, especially if you live on a lower level floor. To prevent unwanted access to your home, lock any windows that lead to the fire escape, and as an extra precaution, outfit them with window bar guards. If you don’t have blinds, we highly recommend investing in those as well. Closing your blinds will ensure that burglars can’t see the valuables in your home, nor will they be able to tell when you’ve left the apartment.

2. Through the Front Door

According to Safewise, 34% of burglars break in through an unlocked front door. So no matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, we recommend that you always lock your doors. Locking your door isn’t the only thing, though — choosing the right front door lock is just as important. Weak or cheap locks can be easily broken, so take the time to do some research and find the lock that will best protect you.

3. Being Buzzed In

Some burglars will simply ring all the doorbells in an apartment building until someone buzzes them in, giving them instant access to your building. They may also innocuously follow you inside, so never hold the door open for strangers unless you’re sure that they live in the building. Make sure that neighbors and other tenants also take this precaution— a bit of extra vigilance can benefit everyone in the building.

4. During Work Hours

According to Safewise, most home invasions occur between 10am and 3pm, when most tenants are at work or school. If you’re at home during the day, be alert and keep your doors locked. If you’re away at work or school, lock your doors and don’t advertise the fact that you’re not home for most of the day. Take the proper measures to secure any valuables in your home, too.

If you’re still worried about your home’s safety, or are concerned about the security of your current locks, give NYC’s top-rated locksmith a call. We’re open 24/7, and your safety is our highest priority.

— The Lockbusters Team

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