Often when we think about home security, we focus on the house’s primary entry points: the doors. However, while adding a heavy-duty deadbolt or a keyless door lock is a great way to defend your home against would-be intruders, it’s certainly not the only way to keep your family (and your valuables) safe.
Just as crucial as safeguarding the doors in your home is making sure your windows are sturdy enough to withstand tampering and potential break-ins. The following is a list of important steps you can take to improve the security of your windows.
- Always lock your windows at night. It should be second nature, but more often than not we remember to lock our doors and not our windows when we retire for the evening. Get in the habit of locking your windows a night—and if a lock seems loose, sticky, or isn’t working at all, be sure to fix it immediately. You can also fortify your windows by adding additional locking mechanisms such as keyed locks, folding locks, and hinged wedge locks.
- Connect your windows to your home security system. Nowadays, it may seem like every house has a home security system, but in reality only about 38% of Americans own a home security product—and less than half of those products are professionally monitored. Do yourself a favor and install a modern home security system that includes window sensors in addition to sensors for your doors. Pro tip: Don’t forget your basement windows! These often-neglected windows are typically low to the ground and easily accessible, so make sure they’re as secure as possible.
- Regularly check your windows for damage. Most prowlers will take the path of least resistance. That means if you have a damaged or broken window that you just haven’t gotten around to repairing yet, you should make it a top priority. Windows that won’t close due to warping or rot, windows with faulty locks, and windows with broken glass are prime targets, so be sure to perform frequent checks for window security.
- Invest in high-quality glass. Modern double- and triple-pane windows feature multiple layers of glass, which not only enhances comfort and energy efficiency in your home but also provides an extra layer of security. Not only are these windows harder to break, but their locking mechanisms tend to be of a higher quality than those found on older windows.
- Be aware of the area outside your windows. Dark yards and overgrown trees or shrubbery can make it easy for an opportunistic burglar to gain access to your windows. Eliminate potential hiding spots by making sure your windows are unobstructed by tall shrubs, unruly tree branches, or even outdoor furniture or other large items. Install bright outdoor lighting so your home looks less approachable; motion lights are especially effective.
Is it time to replace your windows?
Major damage such as a cracked or broken window is a sure indication that a window needs replacing. However, when it comes to the security of your home and your family, you should also pay attention to more subtle indications that your windows are past their prime. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to replace your windows.
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