How to Burglar Proof Your Windows: A Complete Window Security Guide

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How to Burglar Proof Your Windows: A Complete Window Security Guide

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If you’re building a new property or just remodeling, replacing windows is a good idea. You can buy specialized glass that keeps burglars out more than a simple windowpane would.

There are different types of window security glass available to you, through a licensed professional. It’s better to work with a window and glass specialist than to try to save a few bucks at somewhere like Home Depot.

Why? Not only do you support local business when you avoid big-box stores, but they have more products for you to choose from. They can help customize your products and work to install them for one reasonable price.

Window Security Glass Options

There are two main types of security glass – tempered and laminated glass.

Tempered glass is what’s on your car windshield. It’s harder to break and if it does, it breaks into safer pieces.

Laminated glass is two pieces of glass, with a sheet of vinyl sealed in between. The vinyl acts as a rebound or a tape sheet – so that hitting the window one time will only crack it, not break it.

The burglar will have to hit it multiple times in the same spot to get through. That will attract more noise and get peoples attention – not what a criminal wants.

They’re more likely to give up and leave you with a cracked window, but un-touched possessions.

Non-Glass Options

Are you saving up for a remodel where you can install higher-quality safety glass? No problem! Here are some temporary solutions that will keep you safe in the meantime.

Decorative Window Bars

We’ve all seen homes with ugly window bars – the kind that has four or five vertical bars connected by two horizontal. Those make your home look like a horror movie zone or a prison, and should be avoided at all costs.

However, there are beautiful and ornate window bars you can install. The stark black paint looks great against brick houses- or you can paint them to match the exterior. Some even have room for flower boxes or can lower and raise as you need them to.

Indoor Window Bars

If you don’t have much of a budget but want to make your windows harder to slide open, get a small rod. You want it to be about an inch or more in diameter.

For side-sliding windows, place the bar on the sliding track. It should be about the same length as the track with the door or window closed, with about a three-inch gap.

This stops people from being able to jimmy a lock or push open a window and get in. They can do the first part, but there’s no way they’re fitting in that three-inch gap!

Keeping Belongings Safe

Yes, it’s important to think of your windows as more than the entrance for natural light. They could be the entrance for trouble and danger as well.

Don’t let them be, use our window security tips to keep you, your belongings, and any loved ones safe.

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