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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Windows Are Secure

Many homeowners take care to lock and deadbolt their front and back doors but don’t overlook the importance of securing your windows. About one-quarter of burglars enter through the windows on your first floor, which can be the weakest entry point of your home. Here are five solutions for securing your home and keeping intruders out of your windows.

Consider Window Bars

Window security bars are popular in higher-crime areas and they can be the strongest defense against a burglar. Iron bars on your windows won’t stop the glass from being broken, but no one will be able to squeeze through. The downside to this solution is it detracts from the appearance of your home. If you do install bars, make sure they aren’t installed on every window as you will need an exit in case of emergency.

Install Shock Sensors

Traditional security systems only detect a break-in once it’s happened. Shock sensors are even better than typical security system sensors because they detect when someone is even attempting to get into your home, such as by trying to force open a window or remove the frame from the window. This type of sensor can detect not only continuous attacks but a single heavy impact, such as an attempt to break the glass.

Upgrade to Impact-Resistant Windows

If you’re already planning to replace your windows, it may be wise to invest in polycarbonate or Plexiglas windows. While these windows are the same thickness as standard glass, they are 250x more impact resistant and 10x stronger.

Install a Security Camera

A window security camera system can be an effective way to secure your windows as homes without camera systems are up to 300% more likely to be targeted. An intruder will think twice before approaching a window with a visible security camera. If someone does attempt to break into your home, a security system can also send you alerts so you can take action, including calling the police and capturing video or images.

Always Lock Your Windows

Windows are much more likely to be left unlocked than doors, but this is the simplest way to keep out intruders. A simple lock serves as the first obstacle to keep out burglars and many will abandon their attempt rather than draw attention by trying to break in.

Securing your windows against burglars doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult. Consider a multi-level approach to both deter and detect intruders, such as locking your doors at night and installing shock sensors or cameras to protect your home and family.

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Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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