Windows connect us to the outside world, providing us with beautiful views. Unfortunately, they also make your home an easy target for burglars.
Windows are the most popular way for entrance in the hotter months of spring and summer. Many burglars look for open windows. However, they’re also looking for vulnerabilities such as old windows with faulty locks. They will also look for windows that have trees or shrubs blocking them, which will provide the coverage they need.
So what can you do to prevent the possibility of a break-in through your window?
First, you need to check your windows regularly for:
- Any gaps between your windows and frames
- Broken locks that have to be replaced
- Open or unlocked windows
- Overgrowth of bushes that block a view of the window
Additional Safety Devices for Your Windows
A Solid Window Lock
Cheap or old window locks make an easy way for an intruder to enter your home. Check your locks regularly to make sure they still work properly. Search for signs of attempted entry. In case the lock is broken, check with the manufacturer to see if it is still under warranty and can be replaced. If it can’t, you need to replace it right away. It goes without saying that the easier it is for an intruder to get in, the higher the risk of burglary.
Another option is to install keyed locks. However, you need to have a way to get out of the windows quickly, especially in emergencies like a fire. Another option is locking pins that work on double-hung windows. By incorporating a locking pin into the windows, you can stop burglars from lifting the sash.
Alarms are a great option if you wish to keep the appeal of your house while also enhancing the security of your home. The most popular alarms for homes involve a magnetic or contact sensor that works using two pieces; when contact is broken, an alarm will go off. The alarm is usually connected to an outside company that will be notified in case of forced entry. Note that this service usually comes with a monthly fee. There are also motion sensors that detect motion through changes in temperature, and photo-beam alarms that use beams of light. Another option is a shock alarm, which sounds when the window is broken.
Security window film will prevent the window from being broken by a forced entry attempt. The glass will be shattered but won’t fall out, creating a deterrent for an intruder — the thicker the film, the better the protection. The film can be bought with or without tint, and will usually offer UV protection as well.
Thick security bars are another option for protecting your home from burglary, although they don’t provide the most attractive look for your house. Still, when placed across the window, the bars make it literally impossible for a burglar to enter the home.
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