Most of the time, they’re not “breaking” in at all
romakoma/Shutterstock “Most burglars aren’t using ladders or ropes or digging holes to get into your home,” says Emily Patterson, a home security expert for ASecureLife.com. According to her research, an overwhelming majority of burglars enter homes through the doors and windows. Thirty-four percent use the front door, while 22 percent get in through the back door. Twenty-three percent use first-floor windows. And oftentimes, those doors and windows aren’t even locked. “The overwhelming number of burglars are unskilled people who go through open or unlocked windows and doors,” says Leonard Sipes, the former director of information services for the National Crime Prevention Council. “Simply locking windows and doors will prevent most burglaries.” There are, however, some more creative ways that sneaky crooks use to bypass locked doors and windows. These are some of the ones home security experts—and homeowners—have experienced. Plus, learn the secrets burglars won’t tell you.
They use the land
Krista Abel/Shutterstock A secluded backyard is a burglar’s dream… and can be a homeowner’s nightmare, as it was in the case of Brian Shell. Burglars broke into his home in January 2017. “It was done via my back window, which faced a lake, so [there were] no backyard neighbors bordering it,” Shell told RD.com. One of the burglars threw a moldy tree log through the window to keep their fingerprints off of it, and climbed into the house through the broken window—so burglars are willing to use whatever’s around to break in and maintain secrecy. “My backyard is pretty secluded,” Shell said. “That’s what helped them.” Learn some more reasons your house could be vulnerable to being robbed.