The Most Common Entry Points for Burglars and How to Protect Them

The Most Common Entry Points for Burglars and How to Protect Them

The following contribution is from another author.

Being the victim of a burglary is everybody’s worst nightmare. It’s not just about the things that get stolen, most of that will be replaced by your insurance company. The worst thing about it is feeling like you’re not safe in your own home and that can be a real struggle for a lot of people. That’s why it’s so important to protect your home properly to reduce the chances of a break in. If you’re going to do that, you need to know your enemy and understand where the danger areas in your home are so you can take the necessary steps to protect your house. These are the most common ways that a burglar will try to get into your home.

Front Door

A lot of people assume that burglars won’t go for the front door. It looks out onto the street and anybody could see them if they happen to look out of their windows. People tend to think that burglars are always looking for hidden ways into the house where they’re not likely to be seen, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, the front door is one of the more common entry points in a burglary for a couple of reasons. First off, they know where to look for a spare key and a lot of the time, they can get in without forcing the door. A lot of burglaries happen when somebody forgets to lock the door as well, so they can just wander straight in. More experienced criminals will also watch houses to work out when people aren’t there and then they’ll simply kick the door in. So, it’s important that you protect your front door and the best way to do that is with a smart security camera at the front of the house. These cameras are great because you can link them to an app on your phone to check the house at any time. Most importantly, they have a motion detection feature so they’ll notify you and start recording right away so you know that somebody is trying to get in.


A lot of people have garages with a door leading into the house and there’s usually a car in there so it’s a common entry point for burglars. The problem is, people don’t always think about garage security so often, it’s quite easy to break in. If you haven’t updated it in a while, you need to call a garage door service to make sure that the garage is secure and perhaps install a better door to make it harder for people to get in. You also need to make sure that any doors from the garage into the house have a sturdy lock on them so if somebody does get into the garage, they can’t immediately get into the rest of the house as well.


Most people are cautious about locking the windows downstairs but they’re not as careful with the upstairs windows. They assume that a burglar isn’t likely to get a ladder out and climb up to higher windows because it draws too much attention, which is true, but what if there is another way? If you’ve got trees close to the house, burglars could climb these to get to the top windows and break in. That’s why you need to ensure that all windows are secure and consider cutting the tree back so it’s not possible to climb up and reach the house.

It’s important that you secure these common entry points if you’re going to protect your home from burglars.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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