In this post, you'll learn ...
- How to check your home for easy entry points.
- What you need to look for in a secure window.
- Security window options and accessories.
Most windows open up your view to the world, but they can also make your home an easy target for intruders. Most home burglaries occur through forcible entry, and in the warmer weather months, windows are the most popular means for entrance.
While many intruders look for open windows, older windows with poor locks and windows that are blocked by bushes and shrubs also offer a great opportunity for those who hope to gain entry to your home.
What can you do to protect your chances of a home break-in through your windows?
First, check your windows regularly. Look for:
- Broken locks that need to be replaced
- Any gaps or warping between your windows and frames
- Open windows
- Unlocked windows
- Overgrowth of shrubbery that blocks a view of the window from the road
Additionally, consider using one or more of the following safety devices on your windows.
- A solid window lock. Old and/or inexpensive locks make it easy for experienced intruders to gain access into the home. Check your window locks to ensure they still engage. Lock the window and attempt to push it open from the outside. Look for signs of attempted entry. If the lock is broken, check with the manufacturer to see if they can replace the lock under warranty; and if they can’t, replace the lock immediately. The easier it is for an intruder to gain entry, the higher your risk of break-in. One of two options may be keyed locks, although in case of fire or other emergency you need to know you can escape your home through the windows if necessary. A second option includes locking pins that work on double-hung windows by incorporating a locking pin that stops intruders from lifting the sash.
- Alarms. Security alarms are an excellent option for homeowners who wish to retain curb appeal while offering a deterrent to intruders. The most popular security alarms for windows utilize a magnetic or contact sensor that operates using two pieces; when contact is broken, an alarm will sound. The alarm may be connected to an outside alarm company, who will be alerted of the forced entry. (This usually comes with a monthly fee.) Motion sensors use infrared light to detect motion through temperature changes, while photo-beam alarms use light beams. Another option: a shock alarm, which goes off when the window is shattered.
- Shatterproof film for windows. Security window film will stop the window from shattering when forced-entry is attempted. Instead, the glass will break but won’t fall out, creating a deterrent for a burglar. Thicker film provides more protection. Film can be purchased with tint or without, and most will offer UV protection, too.
- Security bars. Thick security bars are yet another option for protecting your home from break-in, although they are not the most attractive choice. When placed across window, these bars make it virtually impossible for an intruder to gain access into the home.
Contact Stanek Windows at 1-800-230-8301 for a free estimate and to learn more about security options for your windows.