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How Thieves Enter Your Home & How to Protect Yourself

It’s​ ​a​ ​homeowner’s​ ​worst​ ​nightmare;​ ​you​ ​come​ ​home​ ​from​ ​a​ night​ ​ at​ ​​the​ movies​ ​ to​ ​​find your ​ home​ ​ ransacked​ ​ and​ ​ valuables​ ​ gone.​ ​ This​ ​ is​ ​ a​ ​ ​reality​  for​ ​ many​ ​ homeowners​ ​ who​ ​ are​​ ​not protected​ ​by​ ​a​ ​security ​​system​ ​or​ ​proper​ ​security​ ​devices.​ ​Many​ ​may ​ think​ ​ their​ ​ home​ ​ is​ ​ secure​ but ​ come​ ​ to​ ​ find​ ​​out ​ that​ ​ deadbolts,​ ​ ​chain​ ​locks,​ ​window​ ​locks,​ ​etc.​ ​have ​ failed​ ​​them.​ ​The​ best​ way ​ to​ ​ protect​ ​ your​ ​ most​ ​ valuable​ ​ possessions​ ​ is​​ to​​ become​ ​ privy​ ​ to​ ​​the ​ ways​ ​ intruders​ ​ get​ ​ into​ your ​ home​ ​ and​​ ​then​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​be​ ​one​ ​step​ ahead​​ of​ ​them.​

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​common​ ​and​ ​overlooked​ ​way​ ​thieves​ ​break​ ​into​ ​the​ ​home​ ​is​ ​right through​ ​the​ ​front ​ door;​ ​ the​ ​ most​​  transparent​ ​ point​ ​ of​​  entry.​​  Who​ ​​thinks​ ​for ​​a​ minute​​ ​that​ ​an invader ​ would​ ​ walk​ ​ right​ ​ up​ ​ to​ ​ the​ ​​front​ ​door​ to​ ​ break​ ​ in?​​ ​One​ reason​ ​ is​ ​ this​​ ​is ​​the​ ​place​ ​where most ​ people​ ​ hide​ ​ their​ ​ spare​ ​ keys.​  ​Have​  ​you​​ ​ever ​​known ​​someone​ ​to ​​hide​ ​a​ ​key​ ​under​ ​the​ mat?​ Yes,​ ​it​ happens​ ​all​ ​the​ ​time​.​ ​Burglars​ ​know​ ​this​ ​weakness​ ​and​ ​with​ ​a​ ​quick ​ search,​ ​ might​ ​ find​ the ​ easiest​ ​ ​way​ ​possible​ ​into ​​the​ ​home.​ ​The ​​front ​ door​​  is​ ​ often​​ ​the​ ​most​ ​overlooked​ ​when remembering ​ to​ ​ lock​ ​ and​ ​ secure​ ​ when​ ​ you​ ​ leave​ ​ the​ ​ ​house. ​ It​ ​​seems​ ​almost​ ​too​ ​obvious ​​yet​ ​is still​ ​forgotten.

Another​ ​painfully ​ obvious​ ​ security​ ​ ​shortcoming ​ ​are ​ windows.​ ​ Any​ ​ windows​ ​ on​ ​ the​​  ground​ level​ ​of​ ​a​ ​house​ ​are​ ​at​ ​risk ​ of​ ​ becoming​ ​ an​ ​ easy​ ​ ​way ​ for​​  intruders​ ​ to​ ​ get​ ​ in.​​  ​Often​  overlooked​ are ​​the ​ window​ ​​latches​ ​that​ ​prevent​ ​the​ ​window​ from​ ​​opening​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​Older​ windows​​ ​that do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​the ​​latching​ ​mechanisms​ ​are​ ​usually​ ​more ​ ​frail​  and​​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​break ​​glass​ ​or​ ​force​ ​the locks ​ to​ ​ yield.​ ​ Just​ ​ because​ ​ these​​  ground-level​ ​ windows​ ​ seem​​  ​like ​ they​ ​ are​​  too​ ​ conspicuous,​​  it​ only ​​takes​ ​a​ seasoned​ ​ ​thief​ ​seconds​ to​ ​​find​ ​a​ way​​ ​in ​​undetected.

Other​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​break​ ​in​ ​might​ ​not​ ​be​ ​so​ ​obvious​ ​to​ ​the​ ​homeowner​ ​and​ ​therefore​ ​a primary​ ​target​ ​for​ ​burglars.​ ​Basements​ ​that​ ​connect​ ​to​ ​the​ ​main​ ​house​ ​are​ ​often​ ​overlooked​ ​or simply ​ left​ ​ open.​ ​ Windows​ ​ that​ ​​are​ ​high​ ​up​ ​and/or​ ​next​ ​to​ ​climbable​ trees​​ ​are​ ​another ambiguous ​ soft​ ​ spot.​ ​ Garages​ ​​that​ ​connect​ ​to​ ​the​ ​home ​​is ​​also​ ​a​ ​target​ ​point​ ​of​ ​entry​ ​for someone ​ looking​ ​ to​ ​ get​ ​ in.​

There​ ​are​ ​a​ ​multitude​ ​of​ ​mistakes​ ​to​ ​be​ ​made​ ​when​ ​securing​ ​a​ ​home​ ​and​ ​always​ ​thieves waiting​ ​for​ ​the​ ​right​ ​opportunity. ​ ​There​ ​are​ ​also​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​yourself. ​ ​Locksmiths​ ​are​ ​a​ ​huge authority​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​protecting​ ​your​ ​home. ​ ​After​ ​all, ​ ​they​ ​are​ ​trained​ ​to​ ​help​ ​get​ ​into​ ​your home​ ​when​ ​the​ ​homeowner ​ ​has​ locked​ ​ themselves​ ​ out. ​ ​ Utilizing​​ them​​ ​and​ ​learning ​​the​ ​secrets to ​ home​ ​ security​ ​​is​ ​key​ ​to​ ​finding​ ​the​ ​security​ your​​ ​home ​​needs.

A​ ​residence​ ​should​ always​​ ​have​ ​the​ ​locks​ ​and​ ​tumblers​ ​changed​ ​upon​ ​move​ ​in.​ ​Yes, this​ ​seems​ ​painfully​ ​obvious​ ​however, ​ ​it’s​ ​sometimes​ ​forgotten. ​ ​A​ ​Locksmith’s ​​specialty​ ​is replacing ​ locks; ​ ​ make​ ​ sure​ ​ to​ ​ utilize​ ​ this! ​ ​ Having​ ​ a​ ​ ​Locksmith​ assess​ ​ and​​ repair​ ​ any​ ​ flawed​​ or​ old​ ​locks​ ​every​ ​few​ ​years ​ ​can ​​be​ ​invaluable​ ​in​ ​maintaining ​a​​ ​safe​ ​home. ​​Just​ ​like ​the​​ ​rest ​​of​ ​the house, ​ it​ ​ weathers​ ​ and​ ​ becomes​ ​ deficient​​ after​ ​ time. ​ ​ If​​ ​the ​ home​ ​ has​​ spring-locks, ​ ​ ​they​ ​should be​ ​replaced. ​ ​A​ ​spring-lock​ ​are​ ​those​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​opened​ ​by​ ​use​ ​of​ ​slipping ​ ​a​ credit​ ​ card​ ​ down​ the ​ seam. ​ ​ A​ ​ 1-​ inch ​ throw​​ deadbolt​ ​is​ ​​what ​​Locksmith’s​ ​recommend. ​​The​ ​same​ ​goes​ ​for windows ​ and​ ​ window​ ​ locks.​ ​ Older​ ​ ​wooden ​ windows​​  for​ ​ instance​ ​ should​  ​be​ ​​replaced​ when​​ ​they appear ​ rotted​ ​ or​ ​ fracturable.​ ​ The​ ​ ​locks ​ should​​  be​ ​ checked​ ​ for​ ​ functionality.​ ​ ​ Finally,​ ​a ​​personal security ​ monitoring​ ​ system​ ​ ​is​ ​always ​ one​ ​ ​of ​ the​​  most​ ​ ​secure ​ ​ways ​ to​ ​​secure​  a​ ​ home.​ ​ ​24 ​ hour​ monitoring ​ is​ ​ superior​ ​ in​ ​ creating​ ​ the​​  ultimate​ ​ security​ ​ assurance.​

Ray Shalom
This article was written by Ray Shalom an all-around locksmith in Sarasota Florida. You can check out his locking and security guides on his blog.