Burglaries are crimes that seem to happen only in movies, but in reality, every property is a target for a thief. With all the high tech security systems on the market today, many people forget that despite these systems, burglars still need to enter and exit the home via a window or door. Assuming you have strong door locks, windows are the easiest points of entry because they are often overlooked and unsecure.
Tips to See if Your Windows are Secure
There are a few trusted tips to secure your windows on your own. Window companies can also give you some pointers on your specific windows. If you can answer yes to these questions, you can be reasonably assured that your windows are secure.
1. Do You Close and Lock Your Windows at Night?
This seems so simple, but many people forget to do it. This is your first line of defense against an opportunistic burglar. Double check every night that windows are not only closed, but that the latch is securely shut.
2. Do You Have Individual Window Locks?
One of the advantages to having vinyl windows is that they are more secure than older types. However, without good locks, burglars can easily gain entry to your home no matter what kind of window you have. If you have double-hung windows (half slides down and half slides up), a latch or lock joining these two sections together locks the window, but to make them secure, you should install keyed latches which need keys to lock/unlock them from the inside.
These types of locks should NEVER be used on any window that may be an emergency exit, such as a bedroom window.
3. Do You Have Individual Window Alarms?
These are alarms that can sense excessive vibration and can detect if a burglar is trying to break in. A trusted window company representative can explain the different models and brands and help you select the best alarm for your property.
Most of these alarms are battery powered so make sure you regularly check them to ensure they are still working properly. In addition, some are wirelessly activated so you can turn them on/off from a distance.
4. Do You Have Anti-Burglary Broomsticks?
For horizontally sliding windows, putting a dowel into the track where the windows slide open can provide further defense against a burglar.
For vertically sliding windows, put a dowel diagonally across the top of the window so that a burglar cannot open it.
5. Do You Take Extra Precautions for Living in an at Risk Area for Home Invasion?
Security film is used by many people in higher risk areas. It’s a clear sheet that sticks to the inside of windows. If a burglar tries to break the glass from the outside, the film keeps it intact which slows their progress.
Wired glass (glass with wire embedded in it) prevents burglars from entering because when they break the glass, they can’t get past the wire than remains intact.
Keep your windows and property secure by following these few simple tips. Locking your windows and taking a few extra precautions can give you peace of mind that your property is safe from burglars.