The Most Common Break In Methods for Single Family Homes


You want your family to be safe. You know you need to boost the security at your home. But before choosing what to do, it’s important to understand where the weak spots are on your property. Here are few of the most common break in methods and locations used by burglars and vandals.

Picking (or kicking) the Front Door Lock

Thirty-four percent of break-ins occur right at your home’s main entry point. To onlookers, it appears someone is simply arriving at their home, which is less suspicious than a person climbing a water downspout  like Spiderman to gain access through an open upstairs window. To help deter front-door intruders, install deadbolt locks that can’t be picked or kicked in like our keyless smart locks – and coming soon, a smart doorbell camera that is motion activated to show you who is on your porch no matter if you’re home or not! When you leave home, make sure the light is turned on and the lock is engaged.

Opening Main Floor Windows

It’s second nature to lock the door behind you when you leave, but what about the windows? During spring and summer open or unlocked windows mean only a thin screen exists between the outside world and the valuables in your home. Close all windows, use the sash locks and consider installing a security system that detects when a window is opened or even when a screen is broken. You can have this technology sync with your smartphone or PC so you (and the local authorities) get an alert as soon as intrusion is detected.

Reading Your Social Media Posts

The Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program questioned ex-burglars about the most common break in methods and 78 percent said thieves commonly use Facebook and Twitter to target the homes they plan to break into. They monitor status updates for information about upcoming vacations and times when the family will be absent from the home, making it easier to gain entry without resistance. They then use Google Street View to look at the layout of the home and yard to plan their attack.

Going in Side Entry Doors

Do you have sliding glass patio doors or a hidden entry that everyday guests use often? Thieves are likely to try these points-of-entry because they’re often left unlocked. Glass doors can easily be lifted off the tracks, allowing burglars access to your home. This Old House Magazine suggests using a solid metal jammer to make it impossible for the glass doors to be manipulated. Also consider trimming bushes and trees that partially obscure side entry doors so intruders can’t hide in these areas as they work on breaking in. You can also add glass break detectors to your home so if a burglar breaks a large glass panel, we’ll know about it and alert authorities right away. 

Walking Into the Garage

If your home has an attached garage, always keep the access door and electronic garage door closed unless you’re actively using the space. It’s easy to plan a day of yard work that requires frequent access to tools and supplies in the garage. But, this also allows access to your home while you’re busy mowing the backyard and not paying close attention to what’s happening at the front of your home.

Are you ready to take the next step and install a home security system? For over 50 years, United Security Systems has been creating custom security packages to keep Denver residents safe. We can help you too. Give us a call at 303-778-7000 for a free consultation.