When considering the security of your home, it can be easy to focus on obtaining the most hi-tech innovations in security cameras, door locks and alarm systems. However, there may be a much bigger security concern that has been overlooked: your windows!
Ensuring windows are properly secured can make a huge difference to the safety of your home, as they tend to be one of the most common entry points for burglars.
K C Brighton Locksmiths offer a range of services, and are experts at repairing and replacing window locks. Read on for some handy tips for things you can do to ensure your windows are effectively protected.
What kind of locks should I install to secure my windows?
As with door locks, there is a variety of options for window locks available that can be installed by us here at KC, locksmiths in Brighton. Perhaps the best type of window lock are those that can be seen from the outside – bulky and visible locks can often act as a great deterrent for burglars. The sturdier and more secure your windows appear, the less likely a potential burglar will want to risk a break-in attempt. Brighton locksmiths will be able to offer you the best advice for what kind of lock you should consider installing.
Once you’ve had your new locks installed it is important that you remember to keep those windows locked!
Is there a way to make the glass in my windows stronger and harder to break?
As well as ensuring properly installed and well maintained window locks, you could consider reinforcing your windows with tempered or laminated glass. Tempered glass is long-lasting and extremely strong, as well as being quite affordable. Laminated glass, otherwise known as ‘safety glass’ is extremely difficult to break and often works well as a deterrent for potential burglars due to the noise and effort that come with attempting to smash safety glass.
Are security bars effective in increasing the security on my windows?
Bars on windows can act as a very effective obstacle for potential burglars, since the intruder will not only need to smash the glass, but also fit through the gaps in the bars. Although you may be put off by the appearance of window bars, they can be made more aesthetically pleasing than you might think; and their value as a security measure cannot be underestimated. However, it is worth considering that they may be unsuitable for some properties due to fire safety. An expert locksmith will be able to offer you advice on whether bars can be installed.
What else can I do to secure my windows?
A few other options that can be considered are;
- Window alarms or sensors
- Tinted windows
- Plant horny or hostile plants beneath windows
- Place an inexpensive but easily (and noisily) breakable item near the window
It is also important to consider the safety of your family when deciding on which solution is right for you – remember that windows can often be used as an exit point in case of fire, and children and pets’ safety must always be considered when upgrading your security systems.
Contacting a professional, expert locksmith in Brighton can help ease your mind and ensure that your home is properly protected against potential burglaries in the best way to suit you and your family.