Did you know that 23% of burglars enter through the first-floor windows? Windows can provide easy entry to your home, so it’s important to keep these areas secured from potential break-ins and criminal activities. Your home is your sanctuary - a place that should feel safe and peaceful for you and our loved ones. With that in mind, it’s right to keep your home from becoming an easy target for burglars and intruders. Check out these five simple ways to help keep your home’s window more secure:
Approximately 30% of burglars enter through an open or unlocked window. Keep your home and living space safe from unlawful entry by ensuring all windows are closed and locked.
Window alarms are security devices that send out a strong siren to warn you that a burglar is attempting to break-in. This will surely send burglars running away from your home, should the occasion ever arise.
For a more reliable long-term solution (albeit with less curb appeal), some consider installing permanent security bars or window grills as an added layer of security against forced entry. However, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, security bars can trap homeowners in the case of a deadly fire and also prevent firefighters from getting in for rescue. If you decide to go this route, make sure to have fire-safe security bars that can be easily opened from inside.
Strategically place outdoor security lights by the windows that automatically turn on when motion is detected serve as the visual counterpart to window alarms. Burglars operate in fear of being caught in the act of breaking and entering, so if their prowling triggers a spotlight shined upon them, they’ll flee your premises almost instantly.
Believe it or not, the easiest and most affordable burglar deterrents are window treatments. Simply covering your windows with curtains prevents burglars from spotting your valuables and understanding your home’s floor plan, thereby deterring any attempts of burglary before they start. Here's a guide on choosing the best window treatments for your home. If you already have curtains and are looking for a little something extra, try privacy film - it’s easier to install than shutters or blinds and more affordable. Best of all, it still allows natural light to enter your home during the day.
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