Unprotected windows can pose a threat to the security of your home. If you feel there are windows in your home that expose your family to danger there are ways to change it. Whether it’s just the odd few windows, the street facing windows or even your entire first floor. There are things you can do yourself and things you might have to call a glazier in to do. However, they’re all really simple methods you can use to keep your family safe. Here are some tips on how to protect your windows from a break-in.
Reinforce the glass
To reinforce the glass in your windows you’ll need to call in a glazier. They will then be able to install a stronger glass into your windows frames for you. There are several options you have when looking into protective glass. These are:
- Tempered glass – this is type of glass is harder to break as it is a lot more durable than normal glass. This is the least expensive option.
- Safety glass – also known as laminated glass. Is two sheets of glass with a very thin layer of vinyl in between them.
You also get bullet resistant glass but this is more costly than what is considered reasonable for most households. And the other options are sufficient enough protection.
Acrylic plastic windows are a great and very safe option. It comes in the same thickness as normal glass. The difference is that these Plexiglas windows are ten times stronger the glass. Polycarbonate windows are even stronger. But with that strength comes a higher price tag. Polycarbonate windows are ten times stronger than their plexiglas counterparts. And they’re said to be up to 250 times stronger than safety glass. Really worth the investment if you can afford it.
Windows bars are an excellent way to keep out and unwanted intruders. These are usually made of metal, iron is the best choice. They come in different designs and are best made with narrow spaces between the bars. This is so that at little space is provided as possible to for a potential intruder to put an arm or anything else through. Some companies even specialise in plexiglas windows bars. These are great as metal ones can be unsightly. The plexiglas ones are very strong as well as transparent. They don’t disrupt the view or light from ones windows on anyway. Windows bars should always be screwed into a non-wooden frame. This is because the wood is very susceptible to decay and screws may be more easily ripped out.
Extra security measures
There are several other things you can install/have installed to add security to your windows. For example, there are several types of alarms you get. These can be programmed in a name of different ways. Depending on the alarm system you’ll be alerted when:
- A motion sensor outside the windows is triggered
- The windows is open
- The window has been left open at night
- The window is hit or broken
You can even get your windows and doors linked to your security alarm.
Locks are also another brilliant solution. If you lock your doors, why shouldn’t you lock your windows? There are simple options such a affordable deadbolts. You can also buy vinyl locks which are increasing in popularity.
Security cameras are not set up with the purpose of prevent a break-in. But rather, they’re installed to catch any criminals that try their luck breaking into your home. Due to this reason, the security camera itself has begun to work as a deterrent. However, don’t think you’ll fool anyone with a fake camera. Many intruders are very experienced and will probably be able to tell. It’s best to never use gimmicks to protect your home, it is simply not worth the risk.
Plant some protection
It is believed by many, including policemen, that planting thorny bushes outside your windows is another good way to stop burgers from breaking in. Imagine trying to break a safety glass window while climbing through a bed of Shrub Roses. Doesn’t sound like a recipe for success. Planting the right plants can make your windows harder to get to. Some plants you can use for this are: Common Holly, Shrub roses, juniper, mountain pine and even cactus plants. There are more. It’ll also give some extra life to your garden. Many options don’t even require much maintenance.
Security is first and foremost when it comes to ourselves, our families and our homes. We should ensure we cover all our bases, and that includes our windows. Taking a few of these simple security measures we can protect our loved ones. So whether you opt for a simple vinyl lock or you get in a glazier, you’ll have be sure to get that peace of mind knowing all is safe.