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The Most Common Entry Points for a Break-In

Continuing with our infographic series highlighting the facts about burglary in America, Home Security Store has released another infographic entitled, The Most Common Entry Points For a Break-In.   With information collected from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, this particular infographic offers useful facts about how burglars most often gain access to a home.

Infographic designer Justin Marini believes that by delivering information in a compact visual presentation, infographics allow readers to quickly obtain useful facts. According to Marini and Marketing Manager Annie Blanco, who both worked together to organize the infographic’s research and design, this latest installment in the series reveals that the most common entry point for a burglar is a home’s front door. With 34% of break-ins originating through this access point, Blanco stresses that old doors are particularly vulnerable to being forcibly opened by either pushing or kicking. Home Security Store recommends replacing weak doors with sturdier ones or replacing front door locks with deadbolt locks in order to lessen the likelihood of an intruder gaining access through this most common entry point.

With regards to this latest infographic, Blanco points out that the second most common entry point for burglars is a first-floor window. “According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, as many as 23% of home burglaries involve first-story window break-ins.” She goes on to discuss how burglars will often cut through a window screen and even break the window’s glass when necessary. Through this infographic, Blanco suggests that homeowners invest in glass break sensors as well as window alarm sensors in order to reduce access via these points.

Other common entry points detailed in the latest Home Security Store infographic include:

●    Back Doors – Following closely behind first-floor windows, The Most Common Entry Points For a Break-In infographic illustrates that in 22% of all home burglaries in America thieves gained access to a home through a back door entrance.

●    Garages – 9% of all burglaries begin with a thief’s entrance through a garage that is attached to a targeted house. On behalf of Home Security Store, Blanco warns against leaving these access points unlocked or open while maintaining that such translates as an open invitation to burglars.

●    Other Unlocked Entrances – Quoting statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Blanco maintains that storage areas and other unlocked entrances provide access to a house in as many as 6% of all home burglaries nationwide. Through this latest infographic, Marini and Blanco urge homeowners to remember to securely lock entrances like these in order to reduce burglary rates overall.

As with the previous two infographics in this series, The Most Common Entry Points For a Break-In has also been featured on multiple blogs via posts focused on educating homeowners about criminal behaviors. Attracting attention across the blogosphere, the infographic has served to spark several thoughtful conversations about home security. Many blog visitors have even expressed surprise at the fact that the majority of home break-ins happen during daylight hours and that thieves enter a home through a front door.

In light of the data shared, bloggers who have written about the infographic, such as Kim Litchford of Resourceful Blogger, have also spoken of installing door alarms and security lighting in order to avoid being victimized by a burglar. In her blog post about the infographic, Litchford goes on to mention that Home Security Store also offers a number of other security devices, such as motion detectors and driveway alarms, designed to deter burglars regardless of their access point.

4 Things Home Security Vendors Don’t Want You to Know

Their commercials are everywhere and their names are very well known. Home security vendors are highly recognizable by homeowners and thieves alike. Most seem trustworthy enough– after all, they say their purpose is to protect you, but is it possible that these same home security vendors intentionally withhold information from you? Information that may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars? The following is a short list of things that the average home security vendor does not want you to know.

1. You Have Options

Of course you know that you can choose from a number of home security vendors who will sell you a home security system, install it in your house and provide alarm monitoring for you. What vendors do not tell you, however, is that you can also save a considerable amount of money with a Do-It-Yourself security installation. In doing so, you are afforded evnn more options as the money that you save on an alarm system, expensive monitoring and installation can then be applied to other crucial protection devices, such as video surveillance, environmental alarms and the like. The best part is that all of these can be installed as a DIY project, too.

Alarm Monitoring Is Probably Not Provided By the Security Vendor

Most home security vendors sell alarm systems and push customers toward monthly monitoring in the process. Alarm monitoring is an additional safeguard and an important part of any home security system. Whenever an alarm is sounded for an extended period without an access code being fed into the system to silence it, a monitoring service is alerted. An operator with that service will then attempt to contact the homeowner and, if unable to do so, will contact local law enforcement to advise them of a possible break-in. This all happens, of course, within minutes of the alarm sounding, which means that help can be on the way in that same amount of time.

What dealers don’t tell customers, however, is that their company is not the one doing the actual monitoring. Instead, this service is likely being outsourced to a company that specializes in alarm monitoring. While the monitoring company is probably a very good one, customers usually fare better when they are able to contract directly with a monitoring company as opposed to contracting with an alarm vendor for the same service. Keep reading to learn why this is so.

Home Security Vendors Are Profiting From Alarm Monitoring Contracts

It is not uncommon for home security vendors to offer security equipment and installation at a reduced rate or even advertise that such is being given away for free during a special promotion. Of course, in order to benefit from the promotion, customers must commit to a lengthy alarm monitoring contract. While monitoring can be had for a mere $8.95 per month (visit our main store for more information), home security vendors often charge customers an average of $30 per month or more for the same service with the difference going into their own pockets.

Home Security Installations Are Not Rocket Science

Never in the land of ever will a home security vendor tell you this, but installing your own security system is not only more cost-effective, but doing so is not nearly as difficult as some might believe. You don’t need any previous training, nor do you need highly technical skills. In fact, you really don’t need any experience at all in order to successfully install your own burglar alarm, surveillance system, security lighting, etc. Today’s security manufacturers have designed systems that someone with even the most basic skills can install as part of a weekend project. As you read through the reviews accompanying the security devices in our main store, you’ll hear of people with no previous experience installing complete systems within just a few hours. In addition to clear and concise directions, Home Security Store also offers free technical assistance. Our KnowledgeBase articles provide additional support and our main site even features a number of video tutorials to help make the process as smooth as possible.

Home Security vendors have their own agenda in not telling you any of what we’ve shared here. Simply put, the longer you remain in the dark about your DIY home security options, the more profit they stand to gain. With this in mind, the choice is yours on whether you want to pay for the high cost of their silence.

Tell Us All About It

Have you ever contracted with a home security vendor for an alarm, surveillance or monitoring? Were you surprised to find out how much you can save by a DIY home security installation as opposed to purchasing a system (and monitoring) from a vendor? What can you share with our readers about contracting with a home security vendor as opposed to self-installing a system?