As a homeowner, you might not give too much thought to the safety of your home. In fact, many of us still leave our doors open when we’re out in the backyard or next door visiting the neighbours. Overall, we generally feel safe living in Canada. Unfortunately, we often get a little too comfortable in our sense of security, and when that happens, a burglar can quickly take advantage.
That’s why it’s important to give your home a safety checkup every year and make yourself aware of all your home’s points of entry that could be leaving you vulnerable to theft. Here we’ll show you what spots are most often targeted.
Believe it or not, most break-ins happen through the front door. If you have a door and entranceway with glass windowpanes included in the design, this can leave you more vulnerable as burglars can easily break it to gain access to the locking mechanism. A surprising number of homes also only rely on the door-knob for locking, which isn’t very secure.
If your front door is secure with reinforced glass and a good locking mechanism in place, it’s likely that a burglar will try your back door instead. Not only is it hidden and out of view, but it’s also usually less sturdy than your front door, making it an excellent place for a thief to swiftly walk right in.
The garage is also one of the first places burglars will look to gain access to your home, as most people are a little lax-a-daisy about locking it up. If there’s an entranceway connecting your garage to your home, you need to install security measures to prevent it from becoming an easy point of entry.
First Floor Windows
One area burglars love to utilize is the first-floor window. Sometimes a burglar doesn’t even have to break the window to gain access since many older windows especially, do not have robust locking mechanisms. Many of us are also guilty of leaving them open, especially when the weather is pleasant outside.
A secluded backyard is a perfect spot for a burglar to gain access to your home. They’ll look for basement windows that are shielded by vegetation or fencing. This prevents your neighbours from seeing what’s going on as they enter your home.
Don’t become a victim. Instead, think ahead and prevent your home from becoming an easy target by recognizing the vulnerable entry points so you can install the right safety measures to prevent theft. When you’re ready to learn more about how a security system can safeguard your home and assets, contact us at Bee Alarmed. We’re the leading alarm and security specialists in Ottawa and can help you protect your home and your family from intruders.