According to “SafeGuard the World’s Security Statistics,” only 17% of homes in the United States have an alarm system. The numbers in Canada are most likely not too far off. This means that roughly 80% of homes are left unprotected from break-ins. In other words, 80% of homeowners would likely not be informed that they were broken into until they returned home to see what was stolen.
Front Door Check
KSW news interviewed 86 burglars to determine the most common methods they use to break in. Every thief interviewed knocked on the front door before they broke in. This allowed them to check if anyone was home. If people didn’t answer or they didn’t hear any movement they would interpret that the house was empty.
The Front Door
The front door is one of the most common ways thieves break into homes. Seasoned burglars have experience and know where to look for a spare key. Other burglars will simply break the door to enter. About 32% of break-ins are through an unlocked door or a thief had found the “hidden” key. While 40% of break-ins involved forced entry.
Windows are another common way thieves break into homes. Thieves will often check for unlocked windows to enter through. Often people will forget to lock their windows when they are running out of the house. Some more brazen thieves will break the window depending on how remote a home is.
Time of The Break In’s
The most common time for break-ins is between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. This is because people are commonly at work or school during this time, which reduces the chance of someone being home.
Burglars will commonly go straight to the master bedroom because it is where most people keep their valuable belongings unhidden. For example, cash, jewellery, weapons, and other small items a thief could easily and put in a backpack.