How can you protect your home from break-ins? The easiest way for burglars to find their way into a building or apartment is through unsecured windows and doors. Real estate has other weak points and points of attack that every owner should know and protect. We spoke to ABUS security expert Michael Bräuer who provides useful tips and information on the seven most common vulnerabilities.
Burglary protection is an important topic, especially in summer. In search of cooling, we often leave the window and the balcony door open and forget that burglars most often get into the house or apartment via these vulnerabilities.
But: these are not the only points of attack! There are others that every owner should know to protect your home from break-ins. We have compiled the seven most common weaknesses and asked ABUS security expert Michael Bräuer how you can best protect yourself.
Protect your home from break-ins: 7 vulnerable points
1. House or apartment door
The front door or apartment door is a popular target, especially in apartment buildings. According to a study by police, 47 percent of the break-ins take place via the apartment door, which is pried open or opened with physical violence. The expert recommends here: “As the most effective locks, we recommend so-called armored bolts to secure entrance doors to protect your home from break-ins. These locks lock both sides of the door with just one locking operation, ensure additional stability of the element and deter potential offenders. “
2. Ground floor window
Ground floor windows that are unsecured or even open invite burglars to break in. In single-family houses, around a third of the break-ins are committed through the windows. Michael Bräuer’s recommendation to protect your home from break-ins: “The rule is to secure both sides of the window – that is, the closing and the hinge side – with tested locks and one locking point per running meter. Additional window locks are ideal for the closing side, which replace the usual window handle and therefore do not have to be operated separately. “
3. Entry aids on the house wall
Climbing aids of all kinds, such as garden furniture, trees, garbage cans or freely accessible ladders, serve as a climbing aid for potential perpetrators. The expert advises: “It is advisable to connect objects such as ladders, garbage cans or other climbing and climbing aids if they cannot be stowed away properly. Stable chains are suitable for this in combination with padlocks. “
4. Basement and exterior doors
Basement doors and metal exterior doors are potential weak points in a building. They are often unsecured and, due to their nature, easy to pry open. Even if they look solid, they usually have insufficient burglary protection. One option for better protection is special basement and exterior doors: “As a provider of diverse security solutions, we offer special retrofit security for basement doors. Burglar-resistant elements are also available for this area of application – the price for such elements depends on the provider and the desired level of security. “
5. Trees and shrubs
Trees and shrubs offer perpetrators privacy and should therefore be cut back regularly. Here the expert recommends: “Light as an additional deterrent measure makes sense in this case. In addition, clearly recognizable signs of absence – such as a full mailbox or permanently shutters – should be avoided. “
6. Balcony and terrace doors
Balcony and patio doors are the biggest weaknesses in single-family homes. Almost half of the break-ins in homes can be prevented with appropriate security technology. The same rules apply here as for windows.
7. Garage doors
Garage doors are often only ajar and not locked. This is fatal if a connecting door leads from the garage into the house. In addition, theft from an unlocked garage is usually not covered by the insurance. There are also starting points for this weak point: “The manufacturers of these gates offer special solutions and some electric gate drives have mechanical interlocks. In addition, the same applies here that the existing fuses should be used, which means: always lock! “
Conclusion of the security expert:
“The best backup is useless if it is not used. In addition, old locking cylinders pose a risk in some places. You should always ask yourself whether you know exactly who could be in possession of a key. In case of doubt, this is a first step towards more security: the installation of a new security cylinder. “