The Most Vulnerable Parts of Your Home
Mar 08, 2019
When a criminal considers your home as a potential target, here are some of the things he or she is looking for.
Where to Secure Your Home
The intruder doesn't want to get caught and wants to have an easy escape if need be. There's no more accessible entry point than an unlocked door, and most criminals will check this first. Believe it or not, the front door is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. Front doors are often left unlocked or have a small sidelight window that can be easily broken to unlock the front door. Imagine how unassuming a person is standing at your front door, pretending to shake someone's hand and entering in broad daylight.
Then there is the garage service door. How many times have you opened an infrequently used door and then forgot to lock it back up? Once inside the garage, most homes are usually unlocked, and an intruder has easy access.
Don't forget about any sliding glass doors on the home. Sliding glass doors can be lifted out of the track and removed by using a simple bathroom plunger. Stick it to glass and use it to lift them right out of the track.
If entering through a door isn't possible, most criminals turn to the windows. Basement windows covered by large shrubs provide excellent camouflage for the crook to give a quick, hard kick to the window or break it with a heavy item. Other windows that are vulnerable include secluded first-floor windows, especially if there are in high-value areas of the house like the master bedroom, the dining room, or the family room.
Windows, like doors, frequently are left unlocked. Double hung windows are a criminal's best friend because smashing the top pain allows the window to be unlocked and protects the criminal from a nasty cut on broken glass.
Basement windows, along with rear, ground-floor, double hung windows are the most vulnerable windows on a home. Crank casement windows are the least susceptible. They make a lot of noise to open; the crook can get cut by the glass if he or she breaks the window, and even unlocked they still aren't easy to climb through.
Anything on the ground floor is generally more vulnerable than second story entry-points, but we still wouldn't recommend leaving one open while you're gone. It's an open invitation for trouble, especially if there is a lower-story roof area.
Another ground-floor option for thieves is the overhead garage door. Striking the top of the door can release the garage door opener so you can lift it manually. The last ground-floor entry point that, believe it or not, has been used by crooks is a ground floor wall. The criminal knocks a hole through the plastic siding and drywall and squeezes in between a set of studs.
In summary, here is a list of vulnerable areas to consider, in the order of highest to lowest risk:
- Doors - rear, garage, side, and front doors. These have a higher vulnerability if an entry has small windows or side lights.
- Sliding glass doors
- Windows - basement, first-floor, rear double-hung, side, and front windows
- Windows - first-floor crank casement and siding windows
- Windows - second-story, double hung read windows with roof below
- Other second story windows
- Garage overhead doors
- Framed exterior walls with vinyl siding
Your local professional security specialist is the best source for evaluating your home's vulnerabilities. Seeing your location, landscaping, and construction is essential in doing a proper risk assessment. Please don't hesitate to contact us at FSS Technologies if you are interested in a free risk assessment for your home. Our security professionals are happy to help you.