Window security - choosing appropriate
Windows are a favorite entry point for
burglars and bad guys. If all else fails, someone intent on
burglary can always break the glass to gain entry. The noise
caused by breaking glass is probably enough to discourage most
opportunistic burglars. But there's still plenty of ways for an
intruder to gain entry without breaking the glass, and threaten
your safety and security.
Older style sliding aluminum framed windows could be easily
removed by a burglar, simply by lifting them out of place. This
was easily solved with a couple of screws. Two small holes
drilled into each top corner of the sliding window frame with
sheet metal screw inserted prevent the window from being lifted
Old lift-out vulnerabilities aside, still, old latch style
locks are easily jimmied with nothing more than a butter knife.
More secure locks for older style windows need to be considered
for purchase too.
Any window locks you consider for purchase should meet three
criteria. Most importantly, they should be effective at keeping
intruders out. Of secondary importants - they should be able to
compliment your decor, and they should fit within your
Older windows often have locking mechanisms that just are
not as effective as they should be for maintaining the safety
of your home. Even some newer windows could use some
reinforcement where security is concerned. There are plenty of
locking mechanisms that provide good security. Any good
hardware store in your locality should have window locks
suitable for the popular window styles in your area.
Finding window locks that fit with the decor may or may not
be a challenge depending on your imagination. Some devices are
virtually hidden from view from the casual on-looker. This also
depends on the type of window you have, and what sorts of
effective devices are available, and in what colors.
Getting window locks that fit into your budget can be a
problematic. Having a burglar break into your home, lacking
proper protection due to cheap window locks is hardly an
affordable event. In general, spend as much as you can afford
to get the most effective locks for your window types.
Fortunately, there are safe some old stand by methods that
work quite well for window safety, costing very little money at
all. The old wooden stick method still works well for sliding
windows - a wood dowel cut to length is dropped in place behind
the sliding part of the window, preventing it from opening. A
window security bar is very effective.
Deadbolts are always available for securing large sliding
patio doors. They offer good protection, and can be mounted at
the floor line or at the top of the window. Lever operated and
key operated deadbolts are available too, and are a very secure
piece of window locking hardware.
It all depends on your type of windows. With so many
different window designs a trip to your local hardware store or
specialty web merchant will be necessary to find the best locks
to protect your windows from intruders. Just make sure they are
effective, are affordable, and will not clash with your
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