Make Your Windows Burglar Proof
September 21, 2019
Windows are fantastic, they allow us to appreciate the world outside; they help make our living spaces feel more open and connected; and they let fresh air into our homes. There is one major downside though, they provide a potential entry point for burglars and home invaders. A recent study showed that 23% of burglars gain access to a home through ground floor windows, making it the second most commonly used point of entry. That’s why it’s important to consider window security and burglar proofing your windows, as one of the most important aspects of your home security plan. To help you turn your home into a fortress we’ve collected some window security tips to help ensure your windows are burglar proof.
KEEP THEM CLOSED AND LOCKED
When a window doesn’t need to be open it should be kept closed and, if at all possible, secured with a lock. Open windows are invitations for burglars and may also attract opportunistic criminals who weren’t even planning a burglary in the first place.
GET A WINDOW LATCH
While keeping your windows closed and locked may be one of the safest options, it isn’t always the most practical. Windows are essential to our health and wellbeing because they allow fresh air to circulate in our rooms cooling us down, replenishing oxygen and helping prevent damp and mildew from forming. If you require a window to be open for this purpose a lockable window latch such as LockLatch provides an elegant solution. This ingenious device is made from C304 stainless steel and can be fitted to any window or door, whichever way it opens and whatever it is made of. It is also adjustable so it allows you to tailor the size of the opening to your needs, whether it is to let air or your favorite feline friend in.
INSTALL WINDOW SECURITY BARS
Window security bars come in a wide variety of styles and can be used to add an extra layer of security to just about any kind of window. However windows that open outwards may be restricted depending on the type of bar used. While these measures are definitely effective they can be an eyesore, but there are a few companies applying minimalist design principles or alternatively creating more artistic interpretations.
INSTALL SMASH PROOF GLASS OR APPLY GLASS PROTECTION FILM
Most burglars will use forced entry to gain access to a home and if no one is around a window is one of the easiest things to break for access. Installing smash proof glass or covering your existing glass with glass protection film makes it that much harder for the burglar to get in, and if their only modus operandi is breaking a window pane, they may abandon the break in altogether. Glass protection films can also reduce visibility into your home to keep prying eyes out of your personal space.
CONNECT YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM TO YOUR WINDOWS
Surprisingly, only 17% of US homes have a security system installed and if your home is one of them, it is important to ensure that your windows are also connected to the system, even windows that you don’t often open should have some form of monitoring. Most windows alarms only detect an intruder when the window is forced open, but these can be augmented by the addition of glass break detection systems for total peace of mind.
SET UP BRIGHT FLOODLIGHTS
Floodlights with motion detectors are a great way to discourage burglars during the night. While any sort of light will make a difference simply by illuminating your yard, lights that are linked to motion sensors can startle and scare burglars away. These types of lights provide relatively low cost solutions and can deter a potential burglar before he even reaches your window.
AVOID WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS
One of the easiest ways of gaining entry into a home is by going through a window fitted with an air conditioning unit. AC units are also often the target for opportunistic thieves due to the fact that they can be easily removed. Luckily this problem is common enough that a number of ingenious counter measures have been developed to prevent access via the AC Unit. From AC cages to heavy duty locks there are a number of ways to minimize the risk, while still keeping your home cool in the summer months.
PLANT THORNY BUSHES
Planting thorny trees and bushes at the base of a window is definitely not a foolproof method to secure your home, but it may go some way towards helping. This old (but still relevant) security option’s success will vary based on the type of bush planted, as well as the determination of the burglar. However, it does provide a low cost solution that can be easy to implement and add to the aesthetic of your home.
BONUS TIP: GET A DOG
A recent study by the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation, which interviewed incarcerated burglars, found that 34% of those interviewed would avoid the house if there was a dog barking. If you are an animal lover this provides a win-win scenario.
Making sure your windows are secure and completely burglar proof will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim to a burglar or home invader. If you have any more window security tips you would like to share, contact us us via email to Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org and we may use them in our next feature.
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