Defense Against Crime

22/10/2010

Securing your Home Windows

In our continuing series on how to secure your home and make it resistant to burglary we will now turn our attention to your windows. It’s a simple rule, always lock your windows as many a burglar has simply entered into a residence by going through an unlocked or open window. Conventional window locks should not be relied on as they can easily be defeated.

Remember every bedroom window (both up and downstairs) should have a fire exit if there is not another means of exit from the residence. Never install anything, security device or not that would prevent an emergency exit from a bedroom window. Always comply with your local laws and if in contact your local police or fire department.

Securing Double Hung Windows

  • They can be reinforced with just two nails. When both parts of the double hung window are closed, carefully drill a hole at a slightly downward angle in the upper corner of the lower sash. Drill this angled hole on both the right and the left hand side of the window. By inserting nails into these holes you will prevent the window from being forced open.
  • Install an inexpensive lag-screw system.  Pre-drill the sashes and insert the screws through recessed washers.  Tighten the screws with a special key provided with the hardware.  Make sure the screws don’t go clear through the upper sash-they’ll let in outside air, and alter your electric bill.  Another hole or two on the upper sash lets you lock the window in partly open positions for ventilation.
  • The easiest way doesn’t require any special hardware.  Cut a piece of scrap wood and wedge it inside the channel that runs/operates the lower sash.  Of course this isn’t as tidy, and you can’t secure the window in a partially open position.
  • A keyed lock with a lever.  Center it on the top rail of the bottom sash, the same place the original latch was installed.
  • A bolt action, keyed lock also strengthens double-hung windows.  Install it on the top rail of the bottom sash, flush to one side of the upper sash.  Keep the key near enough for quick emergency exits, but out of reach of a prowler’s exploring hand.  To secure windows in an open position and provide ventilation, install additional brackets on the upper sash.

 Securing Casement Windows

Casement windows (Crank Type) provide great security when they are locked and properly maintained. On the other hand, this kind of window can be easily forced fully open if left partially open. Make sure the locking device is working properly and there is no excessive play when the window is closed and locked. Replace all worn out parts on casement windows. Use available key locked handles to add additional security to this type of window. For those who want to be doubly sure, a number of key-operated locks are available for casement windows

What about Burglar Bars?

Burglar bars are perhaps the most effective option for window security because where they are installed even breaking the glass will not provide entry. Yet this is an expensive option and one often not chosen for residential installation for aesthetic reasons. In addition, depending on how burglar bars are locked they can be a safety concern if a window needs to be used as a means of escape during emergencies like a house fire. If this method is chosen, burglar bars may call for professional installation and care should be taken in selecting a method of securing them so that they can easily be unlatched from the inside and opened in case of an emergency.

Make sure to adequately secure your basement and transom (chute) windows as these can easily be jimmied or pried open. If these windows are not being used for ventilation, secure them by inserting (screwing in) screws at each corner of the window. Also, a good padlock and hasp can be installed on many of these types of windows for additional security.

 What about alarm systems.
A great home alarm or window system will sound an alarm if a window is breached, but will not prevent entry. An alarm system along with a warning sticker will serve to make a burglary think twice about entering your residence.

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