You love the gorgeous aesthetic that windows give to your home. They let natural light flood in, where it illuminates all the best parts of your décor. If you could add more windows, you would.
However, you also know that windows pose a safety risk. For burglars, windows represent the home’s easiest access point. They can shatter the glass and climb in, or they could jiggle the latch open and enter your home that way.
This fact may make you want to have fewer windows. But don’t let the threat of burglars keep you from enjoying your natural light. You can keep your windows (and even install more of them) if you know how to make them more secure. We’ll tell you more about this below.
1. Repair Your Windows
Burglars don’t have to do much work to enter through an already broken window. If any of the windows in your home have shattered glass, inoperable locks, or broken frames, call a window expert in your area for repairs.
This relatively inexpensive strategy adds more security to your home than you might think. Burglars tend to choose the most accessible home in the community as their target. If you have broken glass, burglars know they can quickly get in and out of your home, even with heavy valuables in tow. By the time anyone notices their presence, they’ll have more than enough time to escape.
But if you repair your windows, you don’t look like the easiest target anymore. Burglars may move on to homes with a less secure appearance instead.
2. Replace Your Windows
If you have a slightly larger budget, you should replace your windows entirely instead of repairing them. Don’t replace them with just any glass either. Some glass companies offer bullet-proof or reinforced options that burglars can’t break through with small tools. Even if intruders bring hammers or crowbars, these glass types won’t let them through.
Some homeowners hesitate to purchase these glass types because they believe their thickness will distort the view. However, modern technology has made them quite clear. You’ll reap the benefits of enhanced security without sacrificing aesthetics.
3. Attach a Security Film
You don’t necessarily have to replace your windows to boost their security. You can also add security films. These clear films adhere to your window’s surface, so you’ll probably forget their presence after you install them.
If a burglar manages to shatter your window, the film will hold the shattered pieces together. Burglars will have to spend even more time trying to puncture and rip the film, so most of them will give up and leave your home alone. Theft makes criminals stressed, and they want maximum speed and convenience so they don’t face capture. If you deny them speed, they’ll often run away.
4. Add Stronger Window Locks
With enough force, intruders can often break locks and slide windows open. This gives them quick, undetected access to your home.
However, if you reinforce your current locks with hefty window pin locks, burglars will have to work harder to break in. Burglars can also see window pin locks from the outside, which means they’ll know they can’t break in, so they’ll search for an easier target instead.
5. Install Window Bars
You can keep intruders from ever touching your windows in the first place if you use window bars. Many homeowners worry that this feature will make their homes look like a prison, but you can buy elegant, European options that make your home look like a manor or castle instead of a dungeon.
6. Purchase a Shatter Alarm
Many security companies can install shatter alarms on your windows. If a burglar breaks the window, the alarm will go off, startling him or her. This will make most thieves run away. However, even if thieves don’t run away, your alarm will contact the police, who will arrive shortly to arrest the intruder.
7. Invest in a Screen Removal Alarm
While shatter alarms can prove helpful, wouldn’t you rather deter intruders before they cause damage? A screen removal alarm gives you this convenience. Sensors on the screen detect when intruders try to break in, and they go off. This produces the same effect as a shatter alarm. It scares most intruders away.
8. Clear Shrubs Away from Your Home
Burglars like to work in private, dark conditions. If they can hide behind shrubs, trees, bushes, garbage cans, sheds, and other items, then your home looks like an easy target. Make your windows visible from all sides of your home. Then burglars will feel nervous because you or your neighbors could potentially spot them.
9. Install Additional Exterior Lighting
Exterior lighting—especially when attached to motion detectors—can keep burglars away from your windows as well. They don’t want anyone to catch them, so they stay hidden as long as possible. Exterior lighting denies them that.
Your windows don’t have to be the easiest access point inside your home. For more information on reinforcing your windows, contact your local window specialist.
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