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The Most Common Entry for Burglars And How to Protect It

Updated: Sep 25, 2022

When discussing home security an important consideration to make is, where are break-ins most likely to happen? You might be surprised by the answer.

A recent WCNC article reviewed some of the statistics for home burglaries.

“A burglary takes place in the United States every 15 seconds and 66-percent of those are residential. The items burglars are most interested in are cash, jewelry, electronics, and guns."

Although concerning, these stats are not surprising. Burglars generally target items that are easy to grab and carry so that they can make a quick entry and exit. They also choose their timing carefully to avoid detection or intervention.

"Burglars usually strike in the daylight hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people are often at work or school. They typically spend 8 to 12 minutes in your home. Burglars often head to the master bedroom first.”

The most surprising statistic is not the frequency nor the average time of day that burglaries occur, but the most common area of the home that burglars choose to break into.

Burglars will use the front door in most instances but will also break in windows and garages to enter the home.

The most common entryway for a burglar is not the window or the garage but the front door.

This information makes sense, though, when you consider the way front doors are commonly made. All doors have a latch and a strike. The latch is the piece that comes out of the door, and the strike is the holle cut into the door that holds the latch. So when the door handle is turned, the latch pulls in and allows the door to open.

The common front door strike is only held in by a metal plate attached to the frame with two small screws, which means that a swift kick from a burglar will easily open your door.

Considering that a burglar will only spend about a minute or two attempting to break into your home, the window and the garage are less likely targets because they generally require more effort and time.

There is good news, however: By reinforcing the door strike to the frame, you can substantially decrease the likelihood of a burglary.

This solution is possible due to an increasingly popular application called Door Armor. Door Armor is an extended strike plate that is attached to the frame via much longer screws, providing resistance which makes it essentially impossible to kick in the door.

When you have the proper solution in place to protect your home, the statistics don’t seem so scary, because the longer it takes to break into your home, the less likely it is that they will follow through.

As our account manager Zach often says, “Locks only keep honest people out.”

If you are interested in learning more about Door Armor or would like to get a quote for this solution, click here to set up an appointment with our sales team.

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