Windows home security tips
Windows home security tips Windows are an existing opening, and
may also be exploited by a burglar if not adequately secured.
Most burglars are, however, extremely reluctant to break glass
as this sounds carries further than almost any other noise, and
elicits a response from most people who hear it. Therefore, if
you protect your windows, they are not a security liability, and
can provide some security benefit.
The best single protection for windows is storm glazing.
Installation of auxiliary storm windows on an existing house
puts a whole additional security layer in place, and usually
provides very adequate security. On new homes, double and triple
glazing is normally used for insulation value, and accomplishes
the same function of defense against simply breakage. Multiple
layers of glazing are desirable.
Windows should be equipped with a locking device; most
manufacturers install devices which provide very adequate
security if properly maintained and used. Any lock used on
windows should operate from the inside so the window can be used
for emergency exit.
Older homes may need supplemental security devices if the
original locks are no longer operable or if none exist.
Double-hung sash windows can be secured with a pin-lock similar
to those described above for sliding doors; a hole is drilled
completely through the inside sash so that a pin can be inserted
which projects into the outside sash, thus securing both in
place. Care must be taken not to drill too close to the glazing.
Window security tips Consider whether you want to install
"stops" on windows to prevent them from being opened more than a
pre-selected width, typically six or eight inches, which is
adequate for ventilation but will not admit a human body. This
is readily accomplished by screwing a block of wood (or metal to
match the window, if available) into the track above the sliding
sash. With stops in place, even if a would-be intruder defeats
your lock, he cannot open the sash more than the limited width
without breaking glass. Thumbscrew metal stops are also
available for some windows, which are easier to adjust/remove
than traditional wooden stops. Obviously, "stops" limit the
ability for you to use windows as a means of emergency exit,
requiring you to break out the window to quickly exit a room.
Security grilles or bars are not recommended for home use;
because they must be equipped with a device to enable them to be
opened in the event of an emergency, they are vulnerable to
manipulation from the outside. While they give the appearance of
being secure, any competent burglar knows they really aren't