The lack of proper window security accounts for more than 30% of all residential break-ins. Burglars and intruders target first floor windows as their main point of entry. Why the first floor ?
Because they know that most people forget about (or overlook) securing their windows. They concentrate and spend heavily on securing their doors instead. As a result, poorly protected windows end up becoming a point of weakness in home security. A fact that criminals readily exploit. The fact of the matter is that solid window security can be easily achieved. You can do it yourself, and it will cost very little compared to securing your doors. Here are some of the security options that are available to you...
Window Film - Window security film
is a great security measure because it is designed to protect your home
against intruder break-ins. The security film is a transparent sheet of
very thin but resilient polyester that is applied over a glass windowpane. The polyester film covers the entire windowpane making it stronger and more resistant. The glass will still shatter when purposely struck or broken. The difference is that the film will hold the glass fragments together. The glass windowpane remains as one piece. It will resist a burglar’s attempt to punch a hole in it as is done with unprotected glass.
In the event of a natural disaster (like a hurricane), home security window film will also prevent your windows from breaking and having shards of glass flying into your home. In extreme cases, it can even save your life. Many of today’s home security window films offer UV protection as well.
Window Locks - There's a wide variety of window security locks available to you, depending on the type of windows you have.
Sliding windows can be fitted with sash locks. They allow the window to remain completely closed or to horizontally slide open only an inch or two for room ventilation.
Double hung windows can be secured with butterfly, hook, or claw latch locks. These latch locks secure the two vertical sliding window sashes in place and prevent them from being opened from the outside.
Casement windows can be secured with casement fastener locks. These fastener locks typically include a handle and locking mechanism that firmly hold the casement sash closed and make it extremely difficult to be jimmied from the outside.
Patio windows can be fitted with a pin lock that is inserted through the overlapping edge of both window sashes when the sashes are closed. This prevents the windows from being opened or lifted off their tracks from the outside. Certain window locks have keyed mechanisms ensuring that only the key holder can lock or unlock the window.
Window Security Bars - Home security window bars are a great idea for windows that are 10 ft to 12 ft or less above the ground. They are also commonly referred to as burglar bars. When properly installed, they are a permanent security solution. Burglars have great difficulty tampering with them. Make sure however, that your window security bars come with a quick-release mechanism. In the event of a fire, the mechanism will allow you to open the bars and escape your home. Some burglar bars are designed to be installed from the inside of the window. Let your personal security needs dictate what is right for you.
Window Alarms - Today's most popular home security window alarm is a small wireless devices that runs on batteries and sticks directly onto the window with double sided adhesive tape.
One type of alarm is a single wireless sensor device that can be stuck anywhere on the windowpane. It sounds an ear-splitting, high-pitched siren the moment the windowpane is rattled or broken.
The other type of alarm is a two-piece wireless sensor device. The main sensor is stuck on the window sash. The secondary sensor is stuck on the window frame. Turning the unit "on" establishes a circuit between the two sensors. The moment the window is opened, the circuit is broken and the alarm siren will sound. There are of course other types of window alarms available as well. These however, are the basics.
Dependable window security can be achieved by applying any of the security methods mentioned above.