How do burglars break into homes?

These are the most common points of entry for home break-ins:

  • Front door: 34% of burglars twist the doorknob and walk right in.
  • First-floor window: 23% use a first-floor open window to break into your home.
  • Back door: 22% come in through the back door.
  • Garage doors: 9% gain entrance through the garage.
  • Basement: 4% choose the basement as a point of entry.
  • Unlocked areas, sheds, and storage: 6% will simply try for any opening that isn’t locked down.
  • Second-floor window: a daring 2% will go for the second-story window.
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