Homeowners generally spend so much time installing the perfect home security system to protect doorways but end up forgetting about their windows.
Burglar proofing your windows is an extra layer of security that provides added peace of mind. The more deterrents you have in place, the less likely it is that you’ll need to worry about theft and insurance claims.
We’ve put together some professional tips to help you secure the windows of your home.
Top Tips for Burglar Proofing Your Windows
- Replace the Traditional Glass
To make your windows stronger, consider replacing traditional glass with tempered glass. It’s the repeated heating and cooling phases that make this material so strong. If someone does manage to break it, the glass crumbles instead of shattering – great for if you have young children at home.
If you have some extra budget, you could also consider Plexiglas, which is even stronger. Made from acrylic, it is next to impossible for some to break this glass, not without causing a major disturbance.
- Install Window Locks and/or Sensors
Aftermarket locks are another way to enhance the security of your windows. The type of lock you choose depends on your windows. For windows on the ground floor, pin locks are the best option. There is also the option of keyed locks, which require a key, and sash locks, which are ideal for double-hung windows.
Burglar proofing your windows can also include installing sensors. Whenever a window is opened, your home security system is activated.
- Install Window Bars
If an intruder manages to break the glass of a window, a window bar will prevent them from getting further. It’s incredibly difficult to squeeze through window bars and anything that slows an intruder down will keep them away.
- Consider Extra Security Cameras
If you already have security cameras in place, you might want to reconsider how they’re positioned. Are your main windows on the ground floor covered? If not, you may want to add one or two additional cameras to the mix for added safety. Opt for cameras with night vision and HD video wherever possible. The cameras don’t need to be on the outside either. You can also use indoor cameras to monitor certain windows.
- Add a Motion Light to Your Yard
What better way to prevent an intruder from getting in through a window than stopping them from reaching the window at all. Floodlights or motion lights are perfect for larger yards and can enhance your camera footage too.
If budget is not on your side, there is always the option of adding thorny shrubbery to your ground floor windows. Unsuspecting burglars will be in for a surprise if they aren’t familiar with the shrubs you have planted.
Need some guidance? Contact Quickly Locksmith about a security audit for your home.