When burglars target a home, they primarily look for easy access points. These include doors, garages, crawlspaces, and windows. According to SafeAtLast, 23% of burglars enter through the window, which is why window security should be a high priority.
Now, protecting your home doesn’t have to break the bank. But you do want to make sure your windows are properly protected. Here are a few window security tips to make your home safer.
Understand How Your Window’s Lock System Works
Windows have different locking mechanisms based on the make, model, and brand. For instance, some slide up and down, while others slide side to side. Some require a crank, while others have a handle to push open.
When you have new windows installed, make sure you understand how to fasten and secure them when they’re closed. And if you realize they’re not working properly, you’ll want to fix them as soon as possible.
Add Additional Window Security Locks
If you can’t afford to replace windows with broken locks, you can always add new ones. Or you could add these locks for additional security:
These locks are large pins that you can put around a window frame to hold it closed. You can use them for slider, single hung, and double-hung windows. They are super cheap, and you can find them at your local hardware store or online.
To install, all you need is a drill, the pin lock, its chain, and some screws. First, install the chain to the door, then drill in the pin lock, and it should be secured.
As the name suggests, keyed locks require a key to open and close windows. Installation is simple. All you have to do is place the lock at the point you want on the windowsill, then turn the key so it clamps shut. The only downside to keyed locks is you have to keep track of your keys.
Sliding Window Locks
These locks are movable pins that you can screw into the window’s track. There is a chain connected to the pin, so you can open your window to the desired length. You can also remove the pin altogether to open the window fully. These locks are inexpensive and found at most local hardware stores or online home improvement retailers.
Consider Window Security Bars
Window bars give your windows an extra layer of protection. There are two types of window bars you can use: external bars and lock bars.
External bars decrease the entry size, making it impossible for burglars to slip through. To install, all you have to do is drill in the bars on the outside of your home. Although a good deterrent, external bars are not the most aesthetically pleasing security measure.
Whereas, window lock bars are detachable rod locks you can use to jam your window shut. All you have to do is extend them to the necessary length to fit your window. And they are far less noticeable than external bars.
Use Security Window Screens
Don’t mistake them for bug screens. Security window screens are more durable than traditional screens and provide ventilation as well as a clear view outside. Most are made from stainless steel mesh and have higher compliance standards, including fire, impact, and pull testing.
With security screens, it is much more difficult for a burglar to enter through your windows. They’re resistant to slashes and penetration from knives. However, they can be cut with power tools. If you’re considering buying security window screens, visit the HOA to ensure it complies with your local residential standards.
Install Window Sensors
Motion-triggered window sensors can alert your phone if an outside intruder tries to open or access your windows. There are also glass-break detectors that will send the same alert whenever glass is broken.
If you decide to go the window sensor route, you can rest assured knowing these sensors cover your windows 24/7/365.
Install a Surveillance System
If you want to keep a watchful eye over your home’s windows and other entry points, you can always install home security cameras. You can even customize your surveillance system that works best for your home or budget.
Want more window security tips from a security expert? Contact ADS Security today.