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How do people break into buildings?

When you stay in a hotel, an apartment, a vacation rental or any other type of property that you do not own, you expect that the owner took proper steps to keep you safe. This means using proper security methods to make sure you do not get harmed during some type of criminal activity, like a break-in.

If there is a break-in at a hotel with inadequate security, for instance, you may have a right to compensation if you get injured during the event.

One key thing to consider is how people commit these crimes in the first place. What type of risks do you face? What type of security is needed? To find out, researchers talked to inmates who had been arrested, simply asking them how they broke in.

Doors and windows were the main targets. They would look for ones that were unlocked, but they would also break them if needed. They did try to avoid broken glass. “I would kick in the door rather than break glass,” one person noted. “Loud bangs are better than loud glass breaking, plus you run the risk of getting cut.”

They also targeted people based on indicators that they may have valuable assets. For instance, some may think that an NRA (National Rifle Association) sticker on a car or a door would appear intimidating, but inmates said they actually liked that because it meant the owner probably had a lot of firearms to take.

There is a myth that most thieves want to work at night. One inmate said that wasn’t true. “[I went] between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm,” they said. “Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school.”

This helps to paint a picture of how break-ins happen, but it does not prevent them. If you do get injured due to inadequate security measures at a hotel, be sure you know what options you have.

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