This is part of a series of posts on door and window security. See more on our Door and Window Security Tips page.
Windows are often left unlocked and sometimes even left open either intentionally or unintentionally. An open window visible to a burglar may be the sole reason your home is selected as a target. Simple security is to regularly check ALL of your windows and doors to ensure they are locked and secure.
Here are some warning signs that indicate your windows might be susceptible to forced entry:
- Wood windows or window frames that are cracked, rotting or warped
- Windows with loose or missing glazing
- Loose sliding or double hung windows (can be lifted out of tracks or frame)
- Undersized or damaged locks that might be easy to manipulate open
- Single glaze or single pane windows (one layer of glass is easier to break through than multiple layers)
- Lack of, or unused window stops or limiters (allows window to open only enough for adequate ventilation)
If you do decide to replace any windows, here are some key security features to look for:
- Select windows with rigid frames and sashes that will be installed with proper shims and fasteners for maximum strength.
- Choose high grade lock hardware.
- Consider windows with opening control devices that limit the window opening to 4″ to prevent entry or accidental falls out of windows.
- Double or triple glaze glass offers additional levels of protection from break-ins.
- Upgrade window glass to tempered or laminated glass. Tempered glass is 4 to 5 times stronger than regular glass and laminated can be 10X or more stronger.
- Even higher levels of security can be attained with optional add-on products.
You can also take other measures to improve the security around your windows:
- Illuminate your property at night and regularly check lights and replace burnt out bulbs.
- Keep landscaping trimmed and at least three feet away from window openings or utilize thorny plants to eliminate hiding places.
- Adequately secure upper floor windows that open onto a porch or garage roof or roofs of adjoining buildings.
- Ask your neighbors to watch for strangers outside your home. And return the favor!
If your windows exhibit some of the characteristics of an easy mark for forced entry, stop by and let us help you improve your home security with new windows. Ask for one of our window specialists.