Since ground and first-floor windows are one of the top entry points for intruders, you might be wondering whether getting window locks is worth it. It’s easy enough for an intruder to pry open a window, but locks prevent this from happening.
This is not to say that all window locks are secure, but there are a few options that make it next to impossible for intruders to get in – not without a lot of hassle and noise anyway.
So, what are the different types of window locks available today?
- Sash Lock. Also known as latch locks, sash locks connect the window to the window frame and are mostly used on double-hung or casement windows. This is probably one of the least secure window locks. With enough force, it can easily be broken. To make them more secure sash locks are often paired with bolted locks.
- Keyed Lock. Since this requires a key, it is one of the more secure options. Since most of the lock is hidden from view, it’s next to impossible for an intruder to pick.
- Ventilating Lock. This lock helps prevent a window from opening fully and is better suited to second-floor windows or higher.
- Sliding Window Locks. As the name suggests, this window is best for sliding windows. The lock is placed in the track of the window and prevents it from opening.
While these are the most common types of window locks, you can also look into pin, hinged wedge, and swivel action locks. The locks you choose are also dependent on the types of windows you have.
Overall, most window locks are secure, but they work best when paired with other security measures such as alarms and CCTV cameras.