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Here’s How Burglars Use Windows to Get Into Your Home

Statistics have revealed that more than 80% of burglars gain access into homes through windows. While climbing through open windows is probably the easiest option in most instances, this is not the only way in which these openings are used by criminals. Read on further to find out just how easy it is for burglars to use these convenient openings to their advantage.

Breaking Panes or Forcing Windows Open

Burglars who don’t want to be caught in possession of lock picking tools or other devices such as crowbars or screwdrivers will normally use a brick or rock they find lying about and use it to break a window. The only disadvantage of this method for the burglar is that he or she risks being heard by neighbors when breaking the glass.

In cases where burglars want to go about their activities as quietly as possible, using a screwdriver or crowbar to force a closed or latched window open is the next most commonly used means of gaining entry into a property. In rare instances, a glass cutting tool may be used to break into a home as quietly as possible.

Gaining Access through Flimsy Doors

Many doors used on homes these days are of a low quality, making it easy for burglars to break into a home through them. More than 50% of burglars state that front doors make for the easiest point of access into a home, especially when they have not been properly locked or secured by an exterior gate. In cases where front doors pose too much of a challenge, burglars will simply walk around the house to see if any others are unlocked or easy to force open.

Sliding doors and hollow core exterior doors also provide easy access points for burglars. Most types of sliding doors can be lifted off the track even when locked, while hollow core doors can be kicked off their hinges or jimmied open with a simple lock pick set in most cases.

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Choosing the Safest Doors and Windows

Exterior doors should be solid core to ensure that they are as durable as possible. When installing them, use screws and other hardware that is able to go at least 1 to 1.5 inches into a doorframe, and always use high quality locks. Deadbolts should be used to provide additional resistance to kicking and forcing on solid core doors as well.

Whenever vacating your home, ensure that all ground floor windows are not only closed, but securely latched as well. If a window has to be left open for any reason, it should have burglar bars attached to prevent it from being used as an easy access point. Have locks fitted to opening windows and be sure to engage them when windows are not being used.

Using the highest quality doors and windows will help ensure that a home is as secure as possible, regardless of whether it is vacant or not. Canadian Choice Windows only makes use of the most highly qualified and experienced employees to install their door and window products. Contact them today to find out more about their products and their lifetime transferable warranty option.

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Statistics have revealed that more than 80% of burglars gain access into homes through windows. While climbing through open windows is probably the easiest option in most instances, this is not the only way in which these openings are used by criminals. Read on further to find out just how easy it is for burglars to use these convenient openings to their advantage.


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