Breaking Into A Home

By
Real Estate Agent with First Choice Realty, Inc

Over the past couple of years, I have been exposed to something I never dreamed I would learn..... Breaking into a home!

What I am talking about is entering vacant homes for the bank after foreclosure!  The first time I was with the contractor, I stood behind him, expecting a wait of 3-4 minutes.  Not only did it not take that long, but he entered the door into the garage, then the door from the garage into the kitchen..... in less than 60 seconds!

At that point, I thought of a comment my father made years ago......A lock will only stop an honest thief!  In other words, if they want in, a lock won't stop them!

Now, why did the contractor choose to enter thru 2 doors versus the front door or the deck door?  Both of them had the dead-bolt locked making it quite a bit harder to get in.  Plus, he said, most people enter and exit through the kitchen or utility room door, which often goes thru the garage.  People seldom lock the deadbolt on those doors.  Often, the garage door doesn't have a dead-bolt!

Since that conversation, I always lock my dead-bolts, to make it more difficult to get into the house.  As I said earlier.....A lock will only stop an honest thief!  If they want in your home bad enough, they will kick the door in, but you should make it as difficult as possible!

Feel free to forward this blog to your client list.  Let's make it as difficult as possible for the bad guys!

Comments (55)

Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Patricia - Thank you!

 

Sheila - Good point!

 

Evelyn - I guess motorhomes could have that problem.

Feb 22, 2015 09:04 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Woody- years ago a neighbor's home was broken into.  The thieves somehow opened the garage door, backed their fan in, shut it, and went in through the kitchen door, which was unlocked. Thanks for this excellent reminder. 

Feb 22, 2015 11:14 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I started my life of crime with being a REO agent also! I'll never forget the look on my mom's face when I was able to get into her house when she was locked out due to my training as a REO agent. 

My favorite was the sliding glass door, it was never secured properly Woody Edwards 

Feb 22, 2015 11:45 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

How did he get in so quickly without the keys? Or did he have the keys? Back to reread!

Feb 22, 2015 03:41 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the reminder I will share this post with others.

Feb 22, 2015 08:13 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Well, now I will have a dead bolt put on my door leading to the garage....

Feb 24, 2015 01:10 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Rebecca - I already installed mine!

Feb 24, 2015 01:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good reminder for all of us to fully secure our homes. I will schedule this for a re-blog.

Feb 24, 2015 02:27 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Roy - Thank you!

Feb 24, 2015 02:47 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My dad used to say that too.  I think in addition to locks, uncertainty is another good tool.  Let them think someone is home, lights on, dogs barking, alarms and so forth.  Not that any of those things make your home totally safe, but maybe harder than another home so the bad guys go to an easier target.

Feb 24, 2015 02:59 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Gene - All good points.  You are right, in that nothing makes your home totally safe!

Feb 24, 2015 03:05 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Woody Edwards Great post. We find not only are the REO listings not secure, but also regular listings. All too often, sliders in the back of the structure are incapable of being locked. I, frankly, could not sleep at night knowing that fact.

Feb 25, 2015 12:30 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Sandy & Norm - I agree.  I have never liked sliders, even when the lock did work!

Feb 25, 2015 12:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Woody - it even depends on the door frame.  Most doors can be kicked in.

Mar 03, 2015 02:27 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Grant - You are right. Some are very "light-weight".

Mar 04, 2015 11:19 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Very good advice, Woody. While we can never completely deter criminals, we can make it harder for them to ply their craft.

Apr 29, 2015 07:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Woody - I came here today via a reblog of this post by Roy Kelley.  An excellent topic and a well-deserved gold star.  

Apr 29, 2015 10:36 PM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Anita - You are right. All we can do is try!

Michael - Thank you for the "Gold Star".

Apr 29, 2015 11:45 PM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Woody, thanks for making us aware of this.  I sort of already suspected this was the case but didn't think you could get in through two doors in under 60 seconds.  Thankfully, I do have a deadbolt that gets used in the door leading from the house to the garage as I've always been rather safety conscious.

Apr 30, 2015 12:22 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Leanne - Good for you.  Use it frequently.

Apr 30, 2015 10:48 AM