How to Secure Your Windows against Intruders
Did you know that the favourite past-time of intruders is window shopping? This isn’t, however, the kind of window shopping that is remotely related to retail therapy.
Crime Victimisation statistics in Australia show that 47 percent of intruders tamper with windows to break into someone’s home. A significant percentage of break-ins also happen because the first-floor windows were not safely secured.
Windows that aren’t adequately reinforced and secured with proper safety systems are such easy marks for these dangerous elements. But can you improve your window’s security without breaking the bank? Below are some of the best ideas you do to secure your windows against intruders.
1. Ensure that your windows are always locked.
It goes without saying that if you want to feel secure in your own home, then you should always lock your windows. However, sometimes it’s easy to overlook this task especially when you have a million other things to attend to.
But knowing that windows are easy targets for intruders, you have to make it a habit to lock them. Before you leave the house or go to bed at night, make sure to check every window in your house, especially the ones that are vulnerable to intruders. Give yourself reminders using your mobile phone’s alarm system to make this a habit and have your family do the same.
2. Enlist professionals to fix broken windows as soon as possible.
Now, as you develop the habit of inspecting your windows every day, you might notice issues like broken locks and hinges, loose parts, and other problems that could potentially weaken your windows’ security. Take note of these and resolve to get them fixed as soon as possible.
It will be risky to delay the repair or replacement of windows that have broken parts. If you’re worried about the cost, the cost of putting it off might be even higher than the repair bill. You could lose more than just your things.
So, as soon as you can, contact a professional for estimates and solutions to your broken windows. You might also need to start saving up for the more expensive but most dependable solution suggested by the professional, so you can completely overhaul your windows in the next few years.
3. Consider installing grilles for your windows.
The most cost-effective solution to reinforce your home security is to install grilles on your windows. To save on cost, you might think of doing this as a DIY project. However, if you don’t have any experience or you are not skilled or trained for this type of installation, it would be more practical to hire professionals to put your window grilles up.
There are also different types of window grilles to suit every homeowner’s taste and style. If you don’t want the added fixture to ruin your house’s appeal, there are also decorative grilles that provide just as much security.
It’s also a good idea to discuss the setup with your installer. Ideally, one or two windows should be made into emergency windows. These can still have grilles, but should also be accessible from the inside, in case situations arise where you can’t use the door to get out of the house.
A professional and knowledgeable installer will be able to correctly help you with this set up so don’t hesitate to ask.
4. Ramp up your windows’ features.
You have good locks on our windows, you have fixed the broken parts, and you have installed the grills. The next thing to consider is to invest in ramping up your windows’ features with accessories and devices.
- Curtains or Blinds.Put curtains or blinds on your windows to help with privacy. Lace or net curtains, for example, mute and diminish what people can see from your house from the outside. If you have a basement, dark and heavy blinds or curtains are best for the windows since you don’t need sunlight in this part of the house anyway. If intruders can’t see anything, then they won’t be tempted into breaching your property.
- Bushes and Plants.Strategically plant bushes with sharp thorns below your windows. This will not just add to the aesthetic appeal of your house, but it will also protect your house from intruders since the thorns could hurt or injure them if they try to get through the window. Just be sure, however, to regularly trim these plants because other clever burglars could use overgrown plants as a hiding spot at night.
- Motion Sensors.If you have the budget for it, consider installing motion sensors in vulnerable windows of your house or places where there are dark corners. These sensors will go off at the slightest hint of an intruder and will flash a spotlight on the area. Intruders are wary about being seen, and that light from the sensors will be a big deterrent.
- Window Alarms.These devices give off a loud sound that intruders will not be happy about. Some alarms may also immediately send signals to your security company or the police, who will come to your house right away to check up on your situation.
- If curtains and sensors are not enough, install security cameras or closed-circuit television (CCTV) system by the windows as well. CCTVs are effective as a crime prevention measure, as per the Australian Institute of Criminology. Take note, however, to position the security cameras by your windows properly. It’s better if intruders can spot them from the outside so that they know you are serious about protecting your house and they will have second thoughts about breaking in.
Break-ins happen every day so you can never take any chances. In addition to improving your windows’ security, you should also try to get to know your neighbours and participate in neighbourhood security watch and similar endeavours.
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