Find out how to improve window security
and prevent burglars from gaining access through a homes glass.
Windows may also be used as a point
of entry by a burglar especially if they are not adequately secured. If
possible, windows should be alarmed in addition to being locked. In some
cases, like glass next to an access door or basement windows without
alarms, the glass should have impact resistant film installed. Windows
should be equipped with a solid locking device. Any lock used on windows
should operate from the inside of the home so the window can still be
used for an emergency exit.
Older homes may need additional window security. For example,
double-hung sash windows can be secured with a pin-lock. A hole can be
drilled completely through the inside sash so that a removable metal pin
can be inserted, which protrudes into the outside sash, thus securing
both in place.
Consider whether you want to install "stops" on windows to prevent them
from being opened more than a pre-selected width, typically six inches.
Six inches is adequate for ventilation but will not permit an intruder
to use the window for access. This is easily accomplished by screwing a
block of wood into the track at the desired height. With stops in place,
even if a thief defeats your lock, he will not be able to open the sash
more than the limited width without breaking the glass. Many newer
windows have a pop out lock which accomplishes the same security effect
while still allowing the window to open fully when desired. Obviously,
permanent stops would limit the ability for you to use windows as an
Window with safety film. Photos courtesy Safe Homes
Glass Security Film Laminates
When a burglar breaks a window, he can easily gain access to your home
within seconds. Many companies now offer an affordable security film
which can be applied to any existing window. The film helps deter
thieves by withstanding blows that would shatter untreated glass. Police
have credited security window film with deterring thefts in homes as
well as department stores, computer outlets, clothing chains and
numerous other retail and commercial locations. This type of glass
protection is what makes the product so desirable to homeowners. In
addition to the benefits listed above security film prevents damage from
dangerous glass shards caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and
wind storms. Security films help hold shattered glass together, reducing
the threat of serious injuries caused by deadly flying shards.
Security Window Bars and Screens
Security bars are not recommended for most residential applications.
They must be equipped with a device to enable them to be opened in the
event of an emergency. Bars without such a device would cause a fire
safety hazard and bars with a quick release devise do not usually add
much security protection. Security cages could be utilized over some air
conditioners which could otherwise be pushed in to create an entry hole.
Robbers will use any means possible to gain entrance to a home. If they
can find access to the roof via a tree, shed or other adjacent structure
or get a ladder left in an unlocked shed they will. They can take
advantage of upper floor windows or even skylights. The best protection
would be to lock, alarm and apply break proof security film to all home
windows. Even if this seems unnecessary itís better to be safe than
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