This summer, burglars broke into numerous homes in North Texas using a simple method: breaking the glass backdoor. And this can occur anywhere, not just North Texas. “Criminals know it’s one of the weakest spots in the home,” said Steve Barron of Designer Door & Window, based in Plano, Texas.
The home’s rear entrance has always been a favorite for burglars with 22 percent of all intruders gaining entry to residential homes through the backdoor. But these North Texas thieves aren’t simply jiggling with the locks or opening an unlocked door, they’re actually breaking the glass. And after breaking the glass, they often simply walk through the opening they’ve created.
Based on the article, it appears that these homes either didn’t have effective alarm systems to begin with, or were relying solely on Door and Windows Sensors. And since doors weren’t actually being opened, the alarms weren’t triggered to send an alert.
A Need for a Variety
Burglars are always trying to find easier methods to break into homes. In most cases, relying on a couple of Door and Window Sensors – and no other sensors – won’t get the job done anymore. “Whenever there is a specific type of criminal activity that seems to be successful, I think other people will use a similar technique,” says David Tilley, Plano police spokesman.
Luckily, there’s plenty of sensor variety to choose from. Besides the opening of doors and windows, there are sensors designed to sense motion and even the movement of a garage door.
There’s also a sensor specifically designed to detect the sound of breaking glass. Glass Break Sensors have a large range, so they don’t need to be placed on a specific window. Instead, any windows within a 20 feet radius will be covered.
It’s more important than ever to have variety of security sensors with your system. Burglars are constantly trying to get the jump on you, so stay a step ahead of them by making sure your house is protected against all types of intrusion.