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Ten top tips for keeping your windows secure

Ten top tips for keeping your windows secure

Ten top tips for keeping your windows secure

When thinking of home security, it is easy to focus on the doors – after all, more than 50% of burglaries involve the burglar entering via the front or back door, according to figures from Reolink – but windows are also a common entry point for criminals and do should not be overlooked.

There are plenty of ways that windows can be made more secure to reduce the chances of them being used in a break in. Here’s our top 10 tip for how to do it:

Keep your windows locked

It may sound obvious that you should keep your windows shut and locked at all times – especially those on the ground floor – unless you are in the room, but many people don’t do this. Many burglaries are opportunistic, and a burglar can need just seconds to get in through an open window, steal some valuable items – tablets, phones, car keys etc – and get out again.

Install a good lock

It is also recommended to install a good quality lock on a window. Not only does it act as a visible deterrent, it will take longer for a burglar to open. Many modern uPVC windows come with decent locks, but it doesn’t do any harm to add additional ones. If you are in the Peterborough area, give Inta-lock Locksmiths a call and see what sort of locks they could install in your home [insert link to contact page] 

Have tinted or reflected windows

When burglars are looking at a property with a view to a burglary, one of the first things they will do is look through the window to see what is worth stealing – or indeed if anyone is in the house. So, if they cannot see into the house through the windows, they are less likely to take the chance of breaking in. In the same way, keeping curtains or blinds shut when you are out can discourage would-be thieves.

Window bars

If you are particularly worried about the threat of a break-in via a window, then installing bars are a very effective means of security. Even if someone does smash or open your window, they won’t be able to get through the bars to get in. It also means you do not always have to keep your windows locked or shut.

If you have a period property, for example, are worried about how they look, there are companies out there who can make bars that fit in with the aesthetic of your house and ensure they are not too obvious.

However, there is a significant downside to installing bars on your windows: it means that they cannot provide a means of escape in the event of a fire. So you should carefully consider whether you really want to fit bars to your house before you commit to the purchase.

Security grilles

In a similar vein to window bars are security grilles. Again, these mean that even if the window pane is smashed a burglar won’t be able to gain access to your house. 

There are various sorts of security grilles on the market, including fixed and collapsible ones. Fixed ones can be made to fit the aesthetic of your house, while collapsible ones have the advantage of meaning that the window can still be used as a means of escape in an emergency.

However, these can be relatively expensive, and it is recommended that a professional locksmith installs them.

Reinforced glass

Many burglars gain access to a property by smashing their way in through the glass in a window. But there are ways that glass can be toughened and made more resistant to shattering, such as with tempered glass or laminated glass. Tempered glass has been through heat or chemical treatments to make it tougher than normal glass, and less prone to shattering.

Meanwhile laminated glass – also known as safety glass – has a layer of vinyl inserted between two panes of glass, which makes it stronger and shatterproof. To break through it requires hitting the same spot multiple times. Of course, this takes time and is noisy – two things burglars hate. 

Sash jammers

Sash jammers are pieces of equipment that stop windows being opened more than an inch or so, and therefore can prevent break-ins. These are generally effective pieces of kit, can fit most types of windows and are cheap and easy to install. The best ones to buy are bolted through the window frame and can be locked from the outside. These are available from hardware stores and most locksmiths will stock them.

Install security lights

Burglars love to work in the shadows, so shining a bright light on them is the last thing they want. There are a range of motion-sensitive floodlights on the market, which will shine bright any time they are triggered. These are relatively cheap and inexpensive to install too. It’s also useful if you are coming home in the dark and are struggling to find your keys.

Have plants under your window

Even having something as simple as plants or shrubs – better yet varieties with sharp thorns – planted underneath a window can help to discourage burglars – especially the opportunistic ones – from getting near to your property.

Take professional advice

If you are concerned about the security of your windows and the best ways to make them more secure, it is worth having a safety audit, which locksmiths such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough can provide. Our trained professionals are experienced in all aspects of window security and can give impartial advice. In addition, if you do decide to upgrade your window security, our locksmiths can install a range of locks and security devices. For more information, give one of the team a call [insert link]

While no security measures are ever 100% effective, if you follow the tips, then it should mean that it is certainly much more difficult for a would-be burglar to break into your home through a window, and would likely deter many from even trying. In addition, the peace of mind it can bring cannot be underestimated.

When thinking of home security, it is easy to focus on the doors – after all, more than 50% of burglaries involve the burglar entering via the front or back door, according to figures from Reolink – but windows are also a common entry point for criminals and do should not be overlooked.

There are plenty of ways that windows can be made more secure to reduce the chances of them being used in a break in. Here’s our top 10 tip for how to do it:

Keep your windows locked

It may sound obvious that you should keep your windows shut and locked at all times – especially those on the ground floor – unless you are in the room, but many people don’t do this. Many burglaries are opportunistic, and a burglar can need just seconds to get in through an open window, steal some valuable items – tablets, phones, car keys etc – and get out again.

Install a good lock

It is also recommended to install a good quality lock on a window. Not only does it act as a visible deterrent, it will take longer for a burglar to open. Many modern uPVC windows come with decent locks, but it doesn’t do any harm to add additional ones. If you are in the Peterborough area, give Inta-lock Locksmiths a call and see what sort of locks they could install in your home [insert link to contact page] 

Have tinted or reflected windows

When burglars are looking at a property with a view to a burglary, one of the first things they will do is look through the window to see what is worth stealing – or indeed if anyone is in the house. So, if they cannot see into the house through the windows, they are less likely to take the chance of breaking in. In the same way, keeping curtains or blinds shut when you are out can discourage would-be thieves.

Window bars

If you are particularly worried about the threat of a break-in via a window, then installing bars are a very effective means of security. Even if someone does smash or open your window, they won’t be able to get through the bars to get in. It also means you do not always have to keep your windows locked or shut.

If you have a period property, for example, are worried about how they look, there are companies out there who can make bars that fit in with the aesthetic of your house and ensure they are not too obvious.

However, there is a significant downside to installing bars on your windows: it means that they cannot provide a means of escape in the event of a fire. So you should carefully consider whether you really want to fit bars to your house before you commit to the purchase.

Security grilles

In a similar vein to window bars are security grilles. Again, these mean that even if the window pane is smashed a burglar won’t be able to gain access to your house. 

There are various sorts of security grilles on the market, including fixed and collapsible ones. Fixed ones can be made to fit the aesthetic of your house, while collapsible ones have the advantage of meaning that the window can still be used as a means of escape in an emergency.

However, these can be relatively expensive, and it is recommended that a professional locksmith installs them.

Reinforced glass

Many burglars gain access to a property by smashing their way in through the glass in a window. But there are ways that glass can be toughened and made more resistant to shattering, such as with tempered glass or laminated glass. Tempered glass has been through heat or chemical treatments to make it tougher than normal glass, and less prone to shattering.

Meanwhile laminated glass – also known as safety glass – has a layer of vinyl inserted between two panes of glass, which makes it stronger and shatterproof. To break through it requires hitting the same spot multiple times. Of course, this takes time and is noisy – two things burglars hate. 

Sash jammers

Sash jammers are pieces of equipment that stop windows being opened more than an inch or so, and therefore can prevent break-ins. These are generally effective pieces of kit, can fit most types of windows and are cheap and easy to install. The best ones to buy are bolted through the window frame and can be locked from the outside. These are available from hardware stores and most locksmiths will stock them.

Install security lights

Burglars love to work in the shadows, so shining a bright light on them is the last thing they want. There are a range of motion-sensitive floodlights on the market, which will shine bright any time they are triggered. These are relatively cheap and inexpensive to install too. It’s also useful if you are coming home in the dark and are struggling to find your keys.

Have plants under your window

Even having something as simple as plants or shrubs – better yet varieties with sharp thorns – planted underneath a window can help to discourage burglars – especially the opportunistic ones – from getting near to your property.

Take professional advice

If you are concerned about the security of your windows and the best ways to make them more secure, it is worth having a safety audit, which locksmiths such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough can provide. Our trained professionals are experienced in all aspects of window security and can give impartial advice. In addition, if you do decide to upgrade your window security, our locksmiths can install a range of locks and security devices. For more information, give one of the team a call.

While no security measures are ever 100% effective, if you follow the tips, then it should mean that it is certainly much more difficult for a would-be burglar to break into your home through a window, and would likely deter many from even trying. In addition, the peace of mind it can bring cannot be underestimated.

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