The majority of burglars gain entry through the front door, but statistics show that more than 20 percent of burglars enter through a window. Windows present a serious vulnerability, because they’re far more difficult to secure than doors. A doorway can be secured to perfection using a solid steel or wood door with a high-grade deadbolt, but windows are inherently easy to penetrate. A determined burglar need only shatter the glass and turn the latch to establish a convenient entry point. Many owners underestimate the importance of window security, but you don’t have to be one of them. Here are some simple tips to help you protect those oft-overlooked glass targets.
Install Window Sensors
Door and window sensors are designed to respond instantly in the event of a security breach. Your typical window contact will consist of two components, one of which contains a magnet and the other of which contains a sensor. When the sensor is separated from the magnet (as the window is opened), the contact sends an alert signal to the control panel of your home security system, triggering the siren. Yes, the majority of window contacts are used as part of a larger home security system, but you can find standalone units as well. So if you don’t already have a full system, there are plenty of options available. You just have to do your homework before purchasing.
Invest in Glass Break Detectors
Glass break detectors resemble and function like motion detectors, but rather than responding to movement, they respond to the sound of breaking glass. Like window sensors, glass break detectors can function as standalone devices or as security system components – depending on the model. Even though you’ll have to deal with a bit of broken glass, the blaring siren will almost always send burglars running for the hills.
Use Windows Bars
A window bar might not prevent burglars from breaking the glass, but it will certainly prevent them from opening the window. So unless the burglar wants to climb through jagged glass, they’re going to find it very difficult to enter. What’s more, many burglars will move from home to home in search of easy targets, and will look for unlocked doors and easily opened windows. Bars ensure that your windows are secured by something much stronger than a flimsy latch, and they also enable you to secure your sliding glass doors (which may also be targeted by burglars).
Use Your Blinds and Curtains
Windows present yet another vulnerability that we must acknowledge. They provide burglars with visual access to the inside of your home. If a criminal decides to case your home, he can look through your window and make an instant determination as to whether your home is worth his time. Don’t give him the opportunity. Close your curtains and blinds before you go to bed at night, and before you leave the house.
Securing your windows doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, but it’s absolutely essential. If you’re looking for ideas for how to better secure your home without breaking the bank, check out the full array of home security and surveillance products at Home Security Store. We carry a wide array of window sensors, glass break detectors, window bars, home security systems and much more. Explore the full selection and burglar-proof your home today.