Security windows can provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their home is safe from break-ins.
Security windows can provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their home is safe from break-ins. According to DIY Network, the FBI states that a U.S. home is burglarized approximately every 15 seconds and the average loss per break-in is estimated at more than $1,300. By taking a closer look at window locks, glass durability and security window devices such as grates and bars, individuals can add an extra layer of protection against intruders.
It is important for homeowners to understand that there are no security window mechanisms that will prevent a determined burglar from getting into their homes. However, by installing more secure window locks, glass and other security devices, individuals can deter intruders by making it more difficult to break in to their homes.
Windows are a common entry point for intruders because most window locks are not specially manufactured to keep out intruders. According to Home Security Information, it is more difficult to secure windows than doors because window glass can be easily broken. To properly secure windows, homeowners should evaluate the sturdiness and safety of their window glass and locks, and assess their need for additional window security, such as window grates, grilles or bars. The problem with standard window locks is that they can easily be pried open by intruders.
In addition to installing sturdy and secure window locks, individuals can replace glass with options like tempered glass or polycarbonate materials, which are less likely to shatter. For example, glass block windows are a sturdy option for basements. Shatterproof window materials are much more expensive than standard window glass, but they are also more difficult for intruders to break. Installing security bars, grates and grilles as well as home security systems with window sensors are also ways in which homeowners can secure their homes from intruders.
In most instances, homeowners can install window security mechanisms without assistance from professional contractors. For example, according to All About Screen Doors, installing window security bars is an inexpensive way to enhance home security and can be easily installed by homeowners, sometimes even without tools. Window security bars are sold in a range of sizes to fit nearly any window. Window security bars are screwed into window side jambs on the inside of the window. When installing, individuals should ensure that the bars are screwed into solid wood to prevent intruders from pushing out the bars. For single-hung windows, homeowners can install a window security bar that can be secured to the top of the window and pushed down to prevent intruders from lifting the lower sash of the window from the outside.
Homeowners can also easily install window locks. The City of Gadsden Police Department, suggests replacing standard window thumb-turn or lever locks with key locks for added security. Individuals may also consider installing steel deadbolts or pin locks on sash frame or double-hung windows to prevent intruders from being able to pry them open from the outside.
Installing bars on windows can provide families with greater confidence that they are protected against intruders. However, it is important for individuals to not only focus on keeping intruders out, but to also ensure that they can safely exit their homes in the event of a fire or other emergency. Individuals should install quick-release devices on at least one exit in rooms with window bars. Individuals can choose to purchase quick-release mechanisms with new bars or contact iron contractors to have them installed on current window bars. These quick-release devices are specially designed to allow individuals to quickly unlock bars from the inside of the home for immediate exit in the event of an emergency. Because quick-release mechanisms can only be unlocked from the inside, individuals can rest assured that, by installing them, they are not compromising the security of their homes.