How do burglars break in? 6 Burglary facts18th September 2018
The best way to prevent burglary is to be suitably prepared. By keeping your home secure and by following simple safety practices – for example, locking windows whilst you’re out of the house – you can prevent your home from becoming an easy target.
As the saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ and knowing how burglars target and break into homes is a great way to help you keep your home safe. To help you stay one step ahead of potential burglars, we’ve put together some telling break-in statistics (source: ONS, 2016-17) and some tips on how to prevent this happening to your home.
75% of burglars enter through the door
A huge percentage of burglars break into a home through a door. This is an obvious point of entry to your home and, therefore, a natural target. If your door looks weak, old, has lots of easily breakable glass or is left unlocked then this can be problematic for you but ideal for a burglar.
Ensure that your door is sufficiently sturdy – newer doors will offer greater levels of security. Furthermore, glass which is near the handle should be avoided and the door should be kept locked at all times.
19% forced the door lock
In nearly a fifth of burglaries, the perpetrator entered by forcing a door’s lock. Doors which have older locking systems will be easier to force open than newer ones so, if you want to enhance security, a new lock or door can be a worthwhile upgrade. Simpler additions such as security lighting or motion sensor lighting can also be a great way to deter would-be criminals from your door.
In 19% of instances, the door wasn’t locked
It doesn’t matter if your door is top of the range for security, with all the bells and whistles, if you leave it open. Of all the burglaries recorded from 2016-17, the door was left unlocked in approximately 1 in 5 cases. You should always lock your doors to ensure your home is protected, whether you are in the house, in the garden or away from home.
24% of burglars entered through a window
The second most common point of entry for a break-in is through a window. Windows are one of the weakest parts of the structure of your home, making them a frequent spot for burglars to exploit.
Getting through a window is not a subtle move and so making sure your windows aren’t overly obstructed by foliage, walls and the like can deter criminals as they would be easily visible from passersby and neighbours. If you want to provide a strong deterrent, CCTV covering your home’s windows and facade is a great option.
10% occurred because a window was left open
An enterprising burglar will make use of any windows left open and, indeed, the statistics show 1 in 10 burglars entered a dwelling through an open or unlocked window. Don’t make yourself an easy target and keep your windows locked when they are closed, especially when you are out of the home.
In 8% of burglaries, the window was forced open
In a significant proportion of burglaries, a window was forced open to gain entry to the home. Window locks can be less robust than a door lock, thus making them a potentially vulnerable spot which can be taken advantage of by burglars.
Older windows tend to have weaker locking systems and so replacing these can help improve security. What’s more, it can be a good idea to have a burglar alarm system which incorporates window detectors – these small sensors will trigger your alarm if the window is opened whilst the alarm is armed.
As you can see from the statistics, a hefty proportion of home break-ins could be prevented with simple safety practices – like locking windows and doors – combined with an effective home security system. This system doesn’t have to be complex – secure locks, a reliable burglar alarm system with sensors, and some outdoor security lighting are all powerful but relatively straightforward additions to keep your home, belongings and family safe from burglaries.
For more information about home security, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Lynx Fire & Security to discuss your options. We serve customers throughout Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas.