Prevent Burglaries: 3 Common Entry Points


To best upgrade your home security measures and it helps to know what measures are the most important in order to prevent burglaries. This is why our team at Apex Mobile Locksmiths have put together a guide on the three most common entry points to a property used by burglars and security measures you can put in place to help prevent burglaries at your property.

Front Door

Believe it or not in 34% of burglaries the front door is used as the access point. Unlocked doors are an easy target for an opportunistic break-in. They also look for spare keys hidden outside of a property. If no easy what can be found into your property then they will bypass the lock with tools, smash glass panels on doors or use force to break the door down.

Prevent front door burglaries:

  • Upgrade locks to more secure locks.
  • Always lock the doors, even when you are in the property.
  • Use a chain or bolt lock at night.
  • Install a burglar alarm.
  • Ensure your door is sturdy and not made from cheap wood.
  • Install a motion sensor light to light up your front door at night if someone is approaching.

Back and Sliding Doors

22% of burglaries happen using the back or sliding doors as an entry point making it the second most common entry point for burglars. Burglaries using this entry point often happen during the night using the cover of darkness to help them stay hidden while entering thew property. An alarming amount of people often leave their back doors unlocked, mostly due to them not commonly being used. Sliding doors are extremely vulnerable to break-ins as they can easily be lifted off their tracks and the locks can be opened easily, also they are mostly made of glass which means they can be smashed in order to gain entry.

Prevent Burglaries via back and sliding doors:

  • Upgrade locks to more secure locks.
  • Always lock doors.
  • Use a sliding bolt to prevent sliding doors being lifted off the tracks.
  • Have a dowel installed in the tracks of sliding doors.
  • Install CCTV.
  • Have motion sensor lights installed at the back of your property.

Garage Doors

If your property has an adjoining garage, then this is another common entry point for burglars. Roughly 10% of burglaries use adjoining garage doors as the entry point. It is a common misconception that if the garage door is locked then you don’t have to lock the door from your garage to your home. But this can be a costly mistake, garage doors are unfortunately quite easy to break so once a burglar has got passed this, they have easy access to your property, they also have the advantage of being hidden from view of neighbours and passers-by.

Prevent Burglaries via garage doors:

  • Upgrade garage door locks to stronger more secure locks.
  • Lock garage door and the internal door to your property.
  • Ensure garage door is made from a strong material such as metal.

Whatever security measures you already have in place at your home it is always worth considering improvements. Burglars are continuously coming up with new ways of breaking into a property and in turn the security industry is coming up with new and improved security measures to help combat this.

If you need more information on how you could better protect your home from burglaries, or you would like to implement any of the security measures mentioned above at your home or business then contact Apex Mobile locksmiths today – 01253 713 658

If you require any of our locksmith services in Blackpool, Lytham St Annes, Preston, Cleveleys, Poulton, Fleetwood, Garstang, Preston, Kirkham, Penwortham, Leyland or Chorley then call us on 01253 713 658 or 07752 314 894

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