To Secure Your Windows
Many burglars enter homes by
simply breaking glass windows. A good deterrent is to have better quality
glass installed at vulnerable points around the perimeter of your
residence. Most burglars avoid attempting to break the following types
of glass due to the fear of attracting attention:
is made by a vinyl or plastic interlayer sandwiched between two layers of
glass. This type of glass adds additional strength to your windows. To
gain entry, a burglar would have to strike the glass repeatedly in the
same spot in order to make a small opening. Most burglars are reluctant to
create this type of noise for fear of being detected.
is made by placing a piece of regular glass in an oven, bringing it almost
to the melting point, and then chilling it rapidly. This causes a skin to
form around the glass. Fully tempered glass is four to five times stronger
than regular glass.
adds the benefit of a visible deterrent. Extra effort will be needed to
break the glass and then cut through the wire located within the glass, in
order to gain entry.
Plastic material is divided into two types : acrylic or polycarbonate.
The acrylics are more than ten times stronger than glass of the same
thickness and are commonly called Plexiglas. Polycarbonate sheets are
superior to acrylics and are advertised as 250 times more impact resistant
than safety glass, and 20 more times than other transparent plastic.
WINDOWS the primary
objective is to keep the window from sliding or being lifted up and out of
the track. There are many manufactured products available for securing
windows. Here are some of the suggestions:
PINNED WINDOW ANTI-SLIDE
BLOCK SLIDE BOLT: It is
not recommended that you lock a window in a ventilated position. This is
an invitation to a prying action which can result in entry. Key locking
devices offer no real security, and they can be a fire exit hazard.
are the simplest to secure. Make sure the latch works properly and that
the "operator" has no excess play. If so, replace the worn
DOUBLE HUNG WINDOW latches may be jimmied open. If a window is not used, screw it shut
(except bedrooms). For windows in use, drill a sloping hole into the top
of the bottom window, through and into the bottom of the top window, and
insert an easily removable pin or nail.
are bad security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass or other type
of ventilating window. Or protect with a grate or grille (except
One window in every bedroom on the ground and second floor must be left
available as a fire exit, particularly for children and guests in your
home. At night, the bedroom window may often be the quickest and safest
means of getting out. Because of the danger of fire, decorative grilles
are not recommended on bedroom windows.