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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.

Home Security Store Presents Characteristics Of a Burglar in Their Latest Infographic

An infographic is an informative visual displaying statistics in an easy-to-understand format, says infographic designer Justin Marini.

Marini’s latest Home Security Store infographic was created with data from Iowa State University’s Journal of Forensic Science. “In this infographic we learn that most burglars live within two miles of the homes they target and most also have prior criminal offenses which include drug sales, robbery and assault. While the majority of home burglaries do not involve violence or even the use of a weapon, most do occur during the daylight hours particularly during periods of warm-weather,” says Marini.

Home Security Store’s Marketing Manager, Annie Blanco, who helped cull and organize the data for this latest infographic in the company’s multi-part series, had this to say about the actual characteristics of a burglar versus the characteristics most people imagine to be true:

“When I was researching, I was surprised to learn that most burglars who might break-into your home actually live near you and you are indeed likely to know the culprit. This is a sobering fact, but one that should serve as a warning sign to always be conscious of who you let into your home and know who lives near you.”

As was noted in the company’s first infographic entitled, Odds of Burglary in America, which also appeared on the popular blog Penelope’s Oasis, more burglaries occur in the southern portion of the United States than in any other region. Houston, Texas, in particular, has an especially high burglary rate in comparison with the rest of the country. Overall, most burglars also target single-family homes over businesses and a home without an alarm system is three times more likely to be broken into than a home with a monitored security system, according to the infographic.

Blanco says Home Security Store created this infographic series to empower the general public with crucial burglary statistics. Organized in a compact visual presentation, hard-hitting information is delivered in an at-a-glance format. As the second infographic recently presented by the do-it-yourself ecommerce security company, the sharp facts revealed underscore the need for rigorous home security strategies.

Though violence is not the norm in home burglaries, fear and long-term traumatic stress often is. Such is particularly true if residents are at home during a burglary. According to one visitor at the Shop With Me Mama blog, which featured the Characteristics Of a Burglar infographic, the loss of safety, peace and security felt when a burglar enters an occupied home is apparent for years after the fact.

As copies of this latest infographic continue to spread throughout the blogosphere, real-life tales follow. Stories like that of criminals driving a vehicle straight through one family’s front door as they slept are but one such example, which was shared by Zippy who owns the Champagne Living blog. This is why the Home Security Store’s own blog often advises homeowners to create multiple layers of security while regularly offering advice about how to protect a home, says Blanco. ”This latest infographic, combined with the experiences shared on websites and blogs where it has been featured, aims to raise awareness about burglar profiles as well as the real need to create a strong resistance against their efforts,” said Blanco.

The Characteristics of a Burglar infographic also indicates:

● Most burglaries occur during the daytime hours

● The average burglary takes less than 12 minutes to complete

● July and August are the highest months in which burglaries are likely to occur

Characteristics Of a Burglar infographic is the second in a monthly series aimed at highlighting facts about burglary in America.  Bloggers and writers can view and are free to use this infographic on their own website by going to –