08 Feb Window Lock Basics to Burglar-Proof Your Home
Burglars are opportunists, so a good way to ensure the safety of your home and its contents is to make sure that sort of opportunity doesn’t knock. The best place to start is the most vulnerable part of your house—its windows. Here’s where to begin:
Security pros recommend strong, visible locks on all ground floor and basement windows and simpler sash locks for upper floors. Before breaking through a window, a thief is going to look through it to check for trouble. Just seeing a good lock will deter most of them.
A keyed lock will prevent a burglar from breaking out a pane and reaching in to release the latch. You can get keyed locks to replace existing turnbuckles or a variety of add-on locks for all window types including single- and double-hung, casement, and sliding ones. Un-keyed track locks, wedges, pins and locks that let you leave a window cracked for ventilation such as these from Home Depot are available for all types of windows and most are easily installed by homeowners.
You have several options when it comes to window alarms. Standalone alarms attach to individual windows and sound off when that window is opened or broken. Home security systems have window sensors that connect to the main alarm. Most modern systems are wireless, so multiple sensors don’t add that much to the installation cost. Some systems can even be installed by reasonably handy DIYers. You might not want sensors on every window, but they’re a good extra measure for windows that are hidden from plain sight and give burglars a place to hide while they work.
Reinforced Glass and Polycarbonate Windows
Burglars won’t think twice about smashing a window to gain access. Tempered glass is harder to break than regular window glass, and laminated safety glass is even stronger, requiring multiple blows to break through the vinyl that’s sandwiched between the panes.
Wire mesh, acrylic, and polycarbonate windows give the maximum protection—some are even bullet-proof—but their cost isn’t justified by the security needs of most homeowners.
Properly designed and installed metal bars make windows nearly burglar-proof. Even if the thief breaks the glass, they still can’t get inside. There are companies that specialize in decorative window bars that match the architecture of your home to avoid a prison-like look. Bars can even add interesting detail to your home’s exterior and are a good choice for maximum security. Just be sure that they conform to your building code’s egress requirements.
While nothing is likely to stop a determined pro from breaking into you house, the good news is that most home burglaries are committed by amateurs. The better your security measures, the less tempting your home will be as a target. You’ll probably save money on your insurance, too.
A good place to start is with top-quality locks. The pros at Alexius Security, Denver’s Hometown Locksmiths have over 16 years’ experience in reliable and affordable locking systems for doors and windows. From keyed locks with rugged deadbolts to sophisticated electronic security and remote lock systems, our expert locksmiths are up-to-date on the latest window security products and can help you find the one that’s right for you.
Browse more of our blog for tips and ideas on keeping your home and business—and the precious things they shelter—safe. Then keep our number handy for the times you need professional, reliable locksmith services: 303-974-0215