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Five Most Common Home Entry Points and How to Protect Your Home

You’ve worked hard to have a nice home inside and out. Don’t let home invaders spoil your efforts; learn how you can enhance your home security and make it more difficult for thieves to enter your fortress.

 

Thieves are creatures of habit and have their set methods for doing things. Let’s have a look at the five most common entry points and discuss how you can make these points more secure.

 

Front Door

It’s hard to believe that a thief would be so bold to enter your house via your front door but let’s be honest, it is very clever. Nobody walking past would look twice if they saw somebody entering your house through the front door. They usually walk into your house after either picking the lock, taking the door off its hinges or by simply kicking the door in. This means that you have to have strategies in place to prevent these actions from happening.

  • Make sure you have a deadbolt lock on your door to make it harder to pick and break.
  • Add a door kick plate to make it harder for thieves to kick in your door.
  • Consider installing an outdoor security camera that lets you record 24/7 and access it live from your own cell phone, tablet or PC.
  • Don’t forget to lock the door before you leave and don’t leave the spare key under the mat or in the pot plant; that is the first place that they will look.

 

First-Floor Windows

Your first-floor windows provide easy and instant access to your home. They can easily be broken, especially if you have a backyard. A few things to consider are:

  • Make sure that the windows are locked before you leave the house.
  • Consider reinforced glass to make it more difficult for thieves to break and access your house.
  • Consider installing an alarm that will sound when the glass is shattered.

 

Backdoor or sliding door

Backdoors can be reinforced the same way that front doors are reinforced. Sliding doors, which have become more common in houses, can be secured by following these tips:

  • Try to get doors that are made from reinforced glass or plastic.
  • Keep the sliding doors locked at all times.
  • Install motion sensors or vibration sensors that sound the alarm when the glass is broken.