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7 Sneaky Ways Burglars Can Break into Your House

Reader's Digest Logo By Meghan Jones of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 7: 'Most burglars aren't using ladders or ropes or digging holes to get into your home,' says Emily Patterson, a home security expert for ASecureLife.com. According to her research, an overwhelming majority of burglars enter homes through the doors and windows. Thirty-four percent use the front door, while 22 percent get in through the back door. Twenty-three percent use first-floor windows. And oftentimes, those doors and windows aren't even locked. 'The overwhelming number of burglars are unskilled people who go through open or unlocked windows and doors,' says Leonard Sipes, the former director of information services for the National Crime Prevention Council. 'Simply locking windows and doors will prevent most burglaries.' There are, however, some more creative ways that sneaky crooks use to bypass locked doors and windows. These are some of the ones home security experts—and homeowners—have experienced. Plus, learn the secrets burglars won't tell you.

Most of the time, they're not 'breaking' in at all

'Most burglars aren't using ladders or ropes or digging holes to get into your home,' says Emily Patterson, a home security expert for ASecureLife.com. According to her research, an overwhelming majority of burglars enter homes through the doors and windows. Thirty-four percent use the front door, while 22 percent get in through the back door. Twenty-three percent use first-floor windows. And oftentimes, those doors and windows aren't even locked. 'The overwhelming number of burglars are unskilled people who go through open or unlocked windows and doors,' says Leonard Sipes, the former director of information services for the National Crime Prevention Council. 'Simply locking windows and doors will prevent most burglaries.' There are, however, some more creative ways that sneaky crooks use to bypass locked doors and windows. These are some of the ones home security experts—and homeowners—have experienced. Plus, learn the secrets burglars won't tell you.
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