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Home Security – Weak Entry Points in Your House and How to Protect Them

Posted By: Hanna Lee on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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If you’ve lived in a safe neighborhood your whole life, you may not have considered home security when you moved into your house. However, even areas with low crime rates can be victimized, so it’s important for you to guard your property. Just because you’re new to home security doesn’t mean you won’t be successful at it. Here are a few common entry points homeowners overlook and how to protect them:

Pet Doors

Pet doors allow your cats and dogs to get in and out of the house on their own. Though convenient, these entry points can be a burglar’s best friend if not properly secured. Potential thieves may attempt to reach their arm through the pet door to unlock the deadbolt.

How to Secure: Doggie doors are easy for burglars to use to get inside your home, but a few adjustments will keep them out.

Garage Entries

You may not imagine that thieves would use your garage door to enter your home since you only use it when you drive. However, this mindset is what makes garages so useful to burglars, especially since there’s so much inside to take. You probably leave your car door unlocked when it’s in the garage because you believe no one will enter. Thieves who get in your garage can take items sitting in your car, such as a stereo, keys, equipment, bikes and more.

How to Secure: Take measures to ensure that no one uses your garage door against you.

Windows

Every window in your home is an entry point, including the ones upstairs. The most vulnerable windows are the ones on the first floor that are obscured from street view by plants or other features.

How to Secure: Treat your windows with caution by ensuring no one can break in. Use the proper tools and tricks to protect your home.

Exterior Air Conditioners 

Some air conditioning units are mounted inside a window or in a specialized hole in the wall. While they help cool your home, these devices also act as an entry point for burglars.

How to Secure: Air conditioners are weak points in your home’s security, but that can be easily remedied with these tips:

Hanna Lee
Meet the Author

Hanna Lee

Home Security Consultant and Expert

Hanna Lee has worked in the home security industry for over 15 years. She writes about home automation, home technology and safety systems for the home security giant Protect America. Her expertise lies in home safety and retrofitting older homes for modern safety systems.

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