Common Ways Burglars Enter Your Home
Posted on 8th, Jun 2017
NJ’S Locksmith advises all of our customers to have their home or business correctly secured to handle any type of attempted break-in. Knowing the ways that a criminal may try to enter your home is one of the most important parts of being prepared.
We find that most of the times burglars end up using the simplest ways to gain access to the property. Experts at NJ’S Locksmith mention the 3 most common ways criminals attempt to gain access to your house.
1. Bump Key
Bump keys are very unnoticeable and easy way for criminals to gain access to your residence in your absence. To make a bump key slide into any lock cylinder, a blank key is shaved down and burglar then just has to do apply direct force to the back of the key to open most standard locks easily. Using this method a criminal can be inside of your home or business in only a matter of seconds.
Purchase a bump proof lock to protect yourself from this unwanted method of entry. Bump proof locks use a different cylinder mechanism than standard locks to prevent criminals from bumping the lock.
2. Credit Card
Opening a locked door with a credit card is associated with Hollywood movies or thriller TV series. However, it’s a very commonly used method to gain easy and unsolicited entry.
“Credit carding” is similar to bump keys but has a lower rate of success as compared to bump keys. A dorm or an apartment is the most common place for a door to be unlocked using a credit card. This is because only knob locks can be opened using a credit card whereas deadbolts cannot.
3. Doors Left Open
You’re probably thinking ‘what are you suggesting, I’m stupid?’ But trust us when we say as the expert locksmiths, as humans we do err and err often. A lot of time people are robbed because they leave an exterior door unlocked or even fully open which gives burglars an opportunity to do the crime.
This is why NJ’S Locksmith always reminds its clients to make sure they properly activate all locks on their residence before leaving or before going to bed at night. It will only take one forgotten moment to keep your doors unlocked and allow a criminal to stroll right into your home or business.
Remember, all the above stated three methods of gaining entry to a home or business can be prevented easily. Bump proof locks can prevent a criminal, trying to use a bump key to enter your home. Similarly, a deadbolt can easily be installed to stop any burglars trying to credit card your door. Last but not the least, you can prevent a criminal from walking in the front door by always remembering to lock your doors.