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Wireless Home Security 101 – Where Intruders Break In

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November 17, 2010
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Wireless Home Security 101 – Where Intruders Break In

34% Front Door

23% Back Door

23% First Floor Windows

9% Garage

7% Other

4% Basement

As the chart shows, 57% of burglars enter through the front or back door, and another 23% use a first-floor window - for a total of 80% selecting a ground floor access point. That’s why alarm system design starts with doors, and expands to cover entry points accessible from the ground (click here for my blog on home alarm system design). And here’s another helpful stat: less than 2% of burglaries occur through an entry point above the first floor. When this does happen, it’s usually because there is a stair leading to a raised deck or other entry, or a low roof that offers easy access to an open window.

As for unlocked doors and windows, statistics tell us that almost 40% of break-ins require no “breaking” at all – the intruder gained access through an unlocked door or window. Time after time we read accounts of burglaries where an intruder enters this way, which is why police departments all over the US caution homeowners to lock their doors and windows even when at home, or when out for only a short time. That’s also why the workhorse of any home alarm system is the wireless door sensor, followed by the wireless motion sensor and wireless glassbreak sensor. Some combination of these devices can be configured to protect any home, based on how and when you use your alarm system.

Remember too that burglars don’t want to be seen or heard. They like hidden access, which is why the back and sides of your home deserve special attention. Other measures can help protect your home, and there’s some excellent advice in this list of the Top Ten Tips for Home Security.

 

Plenty of alarm companies sell a “kit” for protecting your home – and it’s a “one-size-fits-few” approach that rarely meets your needs. Every home alarm system should be customized, which is why at FrontPoint we take the time to ask about how and when you will use your system, and how your home is laid out. With our interactive, wireless home security it’s simple to add devices at any time, and dial up your protection as you feel the need. After all, it’s all about your peace of mind. We prefer that burglar to see your FrontPoint yard sign, and walk on by – but if there is a break-in, you want a system that really works.

 

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Comments
Wireless Home Alarms – Top Ten Holiday Home Security Tips «
November 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM
[...] Doors and Locks. The front or back door is the most common point of entry by a burglar. Be sure your doors are locked: as many as 40% of burglaries occur through an unlocked door or window. Remember to use that deadbolt to back up the primary lock. The door from the garage into the house also deserves a good lock – preferably a deadbolt. Here’s a link to a great post on where intruders break in. [...]
Wireless Home Alarms – Top Ten Holiday Home Security Tips «
November 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM
[...] Doors and Locks. The front or back door is the most common point of entry by a burglar. Be sure your doors are locked: as many as 40% of burglaries occur through an unlocked door or window. Remember to use that deadbolt to back up the primary lock. The door from the garage into the house also deserves a good lock – preferably a deadbolt. Here’s a link to a great post on where intruders break in. [...]
Donna Gentile
January 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM
We recently had a break-in in September and asked our daughter who she had for her security system. We live out of state and the fact that we can turn on and shut off the security system on line is working out great. We have had a few conversations with your security people and they were very helpful. We feel so secure when we leave our home now. We are also having work done on the inside and we do not have to give the code to the contractor. We can just shut it off and turn it back on when he leaves. Thank-you. Donna Gentile
Donna Gentile
January 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM
We recently had a break-in in September and asked our daughter who she had for her security system. We live out of state and the fact that we can turn on and shut off the security system on line is working out great. We have had a few conversations with your security people and they were very helpful. We feel so secure when we leave our home now. We are also having work done on the inside and we do not have to give the code to the contractor. We can just shut it off and turn it back on when he leaves. Thank-you. Donna Gentile
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February 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM
[...] and what you can do to make it harder. Here are two prior posts that address these topics directly:How Intruders Break InTop 10 Home Security Tips While the two enterprising burglars in this story are clearly the [...]
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[...] and what you can do to make it harder. Here are two prior posts that address these topics directly:How Intruders Break InTop 10 Home Security Tips While the two enterprising burglars in this story are clearly the [...]
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February 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM
[...] of alcohol, clothing and items from the victim’s two vehicles, police said.Once again, it was not that hard to gain entry, and the targeted items were on the short list of what burglars steal. These are both topics I’ve [...]
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February 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM
[...] of alcohol, clothing and items from the victim’s two vehicles, police said.Once again, it was not that hard to gain entry, and the targeted items were on the short list of what burglars steal. These are both topics I’ve [...]
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March 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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[...] these crimes, and here are some helpful posts that are worth the read:Top 10 Home Security TipsHow Burglars Get InWhat Burglars StealAs the nationwide leader in interactive, wireless home security, FrontPoint is [...]
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March 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM
[...] happened during the day. That’s normal. So is the fact they the perps kicked in the front door, the most common point of entry. And even though many peace officers do choose to have monitored a home security system, this [...]
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March 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM
[...] happened during the day. That’s normal. So is the fact they the perps kicked in the front door, the most common point of entry. And even though many peace officers do choose to have monitored a home security system, this [...]
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