A home should be a safe place. It’s a place to relax, unwind, and feel comfortable. But what happens when your home becomes the target of a break-in? According to the Australian Bureau, there were an estimated 139,094 victims in 2021 alone. That’s over nearly 400 burglaries per day!
As a homeowner, it’s crucial to understand how intruders break into homes so that you can take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening to you. It’s a scary thought, but most burglars gain entry into homes through easily preventable means. Zeee has been providing security doors for years, and during that time, we’ve learnt a thing or two about how burglars operate and how to stop them.
How Do Thieves Break into Your House?
Unlocked Doors or Windows
According to the New South Wales Police, a surprisingly large number of intruders gain entry into a home through an unlocked door or window. This is often the case in homes where people don’t have security doors installed. All it takes is for someone to walk by, try the handle, and if it’s unlocked, they’re in! While it might seem like an obvious precaution, ensuring all doors and windows in your home are locked—even when you’re home—is one of the best ways to deter criminals.
Forced entry through doors
The most common entry point is the front door, followed by back and side doors. One of the most common ways intruders force entry into a home is by kicking in the door. This can be done with a great deal of force and often destroys the door. Sometimes, the intruder may even use a vehicle to open the door. Another common method is breaking the glass in the door. This can be done with a rock or other heavy object, giving the intruder access to the door handle. Another common method is to use a crowbar or other tool to pry open the door.
Hidden Spare Keys
Hiding a spare key outside your home may seem like a good idea at the time, but it’s one of the first places burglars will look. If you must hide a key, try hiding it in a difficult-to-find spot or giving it to a trusted neighbour or friend.
Another way that burglars might try to enter your home is through the garage. Many people mistakenly believe that their garage door opener will protect their belongings, but in reality, garage doors are relatively easy for burglars to break into. To prevent this, invest in a good quality lock or tough screen for your garage door. In addition, don’t leave any valuables in plain sight in your garage—burglars will often look through windows to see what’s inside before breaking in.
Crimsafe Security Doors
One way to fortify your home and make it much more difficult for an intruder to break in is to install a Crimsafe door. Crimsafe doors are made out of stainless steel mesh that’s been welded into place. This makes them incredibly strong and resistant to forced entry.
In fact, Crimsafe doors have been tested by an independent lab and shown to be much stronger than a standard timber door and four times stronger than a hollow core door. They’ve also been tested with various tools, including hammers, chisels, saws, and screwdrivers – all with no success.
Please contact us if you have questions about keeping your home safe from intruders or want to learn more about Crimsafe doors. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.