The windows give character and light to your home, but can also be your greatest risk of safety. Burglars and intruders look through your windows to determine if you’ll be their next target, and often use those windows as point of entry to your home. Make your windows burglar-proof; can be achieved either by ensuring windows or replacing your existing windows with an updated product.
Securing existing windows
- Ensures the windows by inserting a screw key through the window or replacing your current insurance with a key lever.
- Install screws into the top rails of sliding windows. The window should only pass the screw as it moves, so there is no space for wobbling the window and remove it from the rails. You can also install a key lock for added security.
- Remove the operating handle casement windows. For added security, install a lock on the rail of the leaf.
- Make latches with key slide into the basement windows, if they do not have latches.
Replace existing windows
- Replaces the current windows by laminated glass windows. Intruders have difficulty breaking the laminated glass due to the layer of security or vinyl plastic that is sandwiched between the glass sheets.
- Consider using tempered glass to replace your windows. Tempered glass is 5 times stronger than normal glass, making it difficult for thieves to break it.
- Use glass wiring in the basement or less visible windows. The cables are visible, so it is a less optimal choice for intruders.
- Install railings set to the foundation of your home for greater security in high-crime areas.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure at least one window in each bedroom, in the first and second floor, accessible as an emergency exit.