Windows give character and light to your home, but can also be your greatest safety risk. Burglars and intruders look through your windows to determine if you’ll be their next target, and often use those windows as a point of entry to your home. Making your windows burglar-proof can be achieved either by ensuring the current windows or replacing your existing windows with an updated product.
Securing existing windows
- Ensure the window’s sashes by inserting a wrench through the window or replacing your current one with a lockable handle.
- Install screws into the top rails of the sliding windows. The window should only pass the screw as it moves, so there is no space for the window to wobble and remove it from the rails. You can also install a key lock for added security.
- Remove the window’s operating handle casement. For added security, install a lock on the rail of the piece.
- If they don’t have latches already, install key slide latches into the basement windows.
Replace existing windows
- Replace the current windows with laminated glass windows. Intruders have difficulty breaking the laminated glass due to the layer of security or vinyl plastic that is sandwiched between the glass panes.
- Consider using tempered glass to replace your windows. Tempered glass is 5 times stronger than normal glass, making it difficult for thieves to break it.
- Use glass wiring in the basement or less visible windows. The cables are visible, so it is a less ideal choice for intruders.
- Install railings affixed with mortar to the foundation of your home for greater security in high-crime areas.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure to leave at least one window in each bedroom, on the first and second floor, accessible as an emergency exit.