When it comes to home invasions, criminals favour some methods over other methods. From doors, to windows, to garages, to even social media posts, criminals are always looking for ways to gain access to the homes they way to burglarize. This is why an emergency alert system makes so much sense. In order to help you and yours remain safe, here are the four most common break in methods that criminals use. Number 4 might leave you scratching your head!
As you might have guessed, one of the most popular modes of entry for criminals conducting break ins is doorways: front, side or rear. And they are not too particular about how they do so. If you leave the door unlocked, they might just let themselves in. Otherwise, they might try picking a lock or even kicking down the door. In order to reduce the odds of your doors being a weak link in your home security strategy, you need to use deadbolt locks that are resistant to lock picking attempts. Another strategy is to get strong doors in place of hollowed out ones that can easily be compromised. Installing an emergency alert system is a great idea, but you don’t want to reduce its effectiveness by failing to take proper precautions when it comes to your doors.
When it comes to your windows, you need to keep them locked when you’re not home, because an unlocked window means that all that really stands between you and would-be criminals is a mesh screen. Lock your windows when you’re away, upgrade the locks on your windows if necessary, draw the drapes or the blinds whenever you’re not home, and install a security system that can detect whenever a window has been broken or opened.
If you have an attached garage, you have to be particularly careful. Keep the garage door locked and be sure to keep the door leading from your garage to your home locked as well. This will safeguard popular entry points that criminals love to take advantage of.
It might come as a surprise to you, but what you post on social media can come back to haunt you if you’re not careful. Many criminals actually monitor social media to find homes to burglarize. So if you provide updates about when you’ll be taking that Caribbean cruise or when you plan to head off to the family cottage, you could be inadvertently informing criminals about the most opportune time for them to break into your home.
With the right emergency alert system, you can keep yourself, your family and your property safe. But you also need to be mindful of things that can compromise even the most robust system such as doors, windows, garages and even social media.