Clever Ways Thieves Break Into Homes

There are many ways thieves can enter your home. As technology progress, crimes become more sophisticated. Thieves no longer have to rely on an unlocked window or door to access the inside of a home. There are many other clever ways they can get in.

Garage door openers in cars

If you’re one of the countless number of people who store their junk in their garage while leaving their expensive vehicle(s) out in the driveway, you may want to start cleaning it out and making room for it’s intended purpose; securing your car. Not only is your vehicle prone to theft and vandalism parked in the driveway, but thieves will also have easy access to your home through the garage door opener inside your car.

Your very own keys

Many years ago, a close relative of mine offered to wash my car on Christmas Day while we were at a close friend’s house. Although he was a drug addict, I didn’t think much about it because he was washing my car outside in the driveway. Afterwards, I went to an Aunts house where I stayed for several hours. He showed up later that evening and shortly after, I left for home.

Once I made it home, I noticed my house key was not on my key chain. When I reached into my coat pocket, I was a bit puzzled to find it there. Once I opened my door I realized what had taken place. I was robbed by this family member while he knew I was not home.

Nowadays, all a criminal needs to get into a home is a smart phone and access to the house key. Now you can take a picture of a key and a duplicate is made at a kiosk via an app called keyme. According to this article, someone actually made a copy of his neighbor’s house key and entered the home the next day just to see how easy it was to do.

Bumper keys

Bumper keys are specially cut keys that can trick most conventional door locks to open. They are available at hardware stores and online. While these are perfect for spare keys and can save you tons on locksmith fees, they can also be costly when used by thieves.

Pet doors

Some people are so desperate, they will do anything to access other people’s valuables. They make no qualms about sending a small child or a petite woman through the doggy door to unlock it. If you’re going to have a door for your pet then I would suggest installing an electronic pet door that will open/close/lock the door in sync with your pet’s collar.

Casing the joint

This is not a new technique but actually one often used by burglars. Someone will knock on the door and if no one answers, they break in and steal the goods. Usually a second person arrives with a truck to load it on, and they’re done within minutes.



7 thoughts on “Clever Ways Thieves Break Into Homes

  1. Tasha, AGAIN great post! This is so valuable I shared it on my FB page so others can have this information to protect themselves. Thank you for helping us be safer. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  2. I never thought about how easy it could be to access my home through the garage. We leave our garage door opener in our car, but my husband often forgets to lock the car doors because it’s a really old vehicle. I’ll have to remind him about this, as well as the safety of our home, and hopefully it will help him change that habit.

    1. Yes, you should keep the car doors locked as well as the door to the garage. That way, if anyone breaks into the vehicle, you’re still protected!

  3. Bumping locks is really a big risk. We can reduce the chances of risk in this case, there is an option would be to have a locksmith replace all of the driver pins in your existing locks with a spooled or mushroom variety. These specially designed pins make your lock have essentially two different sheer lines that must be aligned before the lock will open. And in this way, it will be dificult to bump a lock.
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