The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicates that just over 1.51 million burglaries were thought to have been carried out in 2016.
When you think of a burglary, what comes to mind?
- One or more hooded figures creeping around in dark areas?
- Burglars always look like they don’t belong in the neighbourhoods or homes they attempt to break in to?
- Thieves certainly aim for entry points that can’t be seen from any nearby homes, public areas, or other places where people might be?
All of these, if not more, likely popped to mind when you were prompted to think of what you commonly associated with burglaries.
Believe it or not, the three items above are actually misconceptions. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors indicates that some one-third of burglars and home invaders gain entry to homes through the front door.
Statistics hailing from Butler County, Ohio, indicate that a sizeable portion – roughly one-third – of burglaries require no forced entry.
Home, apartment, and building residents often make burglars’ jobs too easy
Many people living in homes, as opposed to apartment complexes, leave keys outside of their front or back doors, if not both. Burglars are keen to detect fake rocks with false bottoms that are used to “hide” keys. They’re also well aware of the fact that many homeowners leave keys under their doormats. Keys are also left in other places within feet of residences’ front and back doors.
Burglars rarely use the tools or techniques that locksmiths employ in their lines of work. Locksmiths usually use picks to manipulate the pins within locks to active those locks’ tumblers, in turn granting access to the homes they’re paid – and authorized – to break in to. If this strategy doesn’t work, locksmiths typically resort to drilling locks with power drills.
As such, you can deter most burglars, in fact, by simply equipping your home with a sturdy, industrial-grade, tamper-resistant front door lock. Make sure to hire a reputable locksmith in Vaughan to take care of your front door lock installation.