Windows are an often overlooked yet easily securable facet of any home or business’s security system. Fortunately, you don’t even need to compromise the aesthetics of your home or business with thick steel bars; nowadays there are a multitude of options available to secure windows and prevent break ins through your windows. Options for secure windows can range from low tech to high tech with an option for any budget. Here we’ll look at some unique and effective ways to secure the windows of your home or business and bring you both safety and peace of mind.
Low Tech Solutions
There’s an easy, cheap, and low tech solution to keep any type of window locked. The basic idea behind most window locks is to inhibit movement via a small latch where the window closes. While this is an effective method a better way to secure your windows is to stop movement via the track for sliding windows. For example, if you have a horizontal sliding window you can obstruct the track with a shortened broom handle and keep your window effectively locked from the outside. There are a number of window locks on the market that serve the same purpose of inhibiting the track with a small turnable switch that will engage or disengage the lock. In general this method is more secure than most window latches. The same process holds true for double hung or vertical sliding windows. Outward opening hinged windows require a slightly different approach. For this type of window it is necessary to use a latch on the inside. Additionally you can hook up a small chain system to further boost the security of your outward opening hinged window.
While having a lock on your window is a great step your windows still aren’t by any means totally secure. One of the weaknesses of windows and why they are a common target is because if they can’t be opened easily they can be broken easily. Tempered glass is going to be slightly more difficult to breakthrough but won’t pose any real issue for a determined burglar. Shatterproof glass on the other hand may be a powerful deterrent. By using an invisible security film you can reinforce your windows so that they won’t shatter immediately but rather the film will keep the glass in place and it will be harder to get through the window. While it’s not a perfect solution it can buy you precious time in case of a burglary when every moment matters.
The best defense is always going to be a culmination of various precautions. An alarm system is a great idea to supplement locked and reinforced windows. Typically windows are secured with a magnetic switch that will signal when the seal is broken, sometimes this is coupled with a sound detector for broken glass. This is an effective method but it is only as strong as the security system behind it. One interesting alternative is to alarm the screen on the outside of your window. Most burglars will cut the screen before going through the window which can give you more time to react and maybe even save you the trouble of replacing a broken window.
By using a combination of different techniques you can get a high level of security for your home or business windows without too much effort or expense.