Q: When is the most common time for a break in?
A ) During the day
B) In the middle of the night
C) In the evening
Did you choose option B ?
While cover of darkness is a big plus, burglars actually strike homes more often in the daytime. According to the FBI, for all residential burglaries with a known time of day in 2005, more than 60 percent took place in daylight. (For commercial structures, that number is closer to 40 percent.)
Q: When breaking through your home security, what is the most common access point?
A) The roof
B) Doors and windows
C) A tunnel into the basement
Not many of our local home grown thieves are into tunneling, so if you selected B, you would be right. Tunneling and roof drops may get burglars into museums, but residential thieves are far more opportunistic. They look for easy entry points: a flimsy back or garage door, an open window or a side entry hidden from the street. Picking the front-door lock isn’t out of the question, either.
Q : What’s the most common way of forcing entry through a door?
A) Removing it from its hinges
B) Kicking it open
C ) Cutting a hole in it
Entry is all about speed. Getting a door off its hinges or slicing through it might take a while and increase the chances of getting caught. More often than not, the weakest point of a door setup is a low-grade strike plate, which can detach from a wooden door jam with one powerful kick.
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