An area that can often get overlooked when it comes to your home security is your windows.
It is important to note that some types of double glazing do offer higher levels of security, however most don’t and they don’t stop someone smashing the glass. Even high security double glazing will not put off the most determined burglars.
There are a few things you can do to make your windows more secure, and make it harder for a burglar to gain entry.
Make sure you keep windows locked
Get into the habit of checking all doors and windows are shut and locked when you leave the house, even if you are just popping out for a few minutes, and at night.
Burglars are also more likely to try the doors and windows at the back of your property first as they are less likely to be seen there. Leaving windows open may also void your insurance policy if you have to make a claim.
Replace old or damaged windows
Fix any damage to your windows and frames as soon as possible as it could make it easier for burglars to gain entry.
Perimeter detectors, such as shock sensors, can be added to vulnerable windows or windows in rooms where your pets sleep or will be when you’re out and have your security system armed. They work by picking up heavy impacts on windows, or repeated tampering, as if someone is trying to force the window open.
Use your security system
While the presence of a security system can put off a burglar, it won’t put them all off as they know that some people just have them for appearance and don’t set them.
Get into the habit of setting your security system at night and every time the house is empty. As with leaving your windows wide open, having a security system which isn’t used can void your insurance policy which means you may not be able to make a successful claim.
Secure your outbuildings
Some burglars will break into your shed, garage, or outbuildings first to find tools which they can then use to break into your home.
A study conducted by the University of Leicester found that the most common tool used to gain access to a property was a screwdriver. Other popular tools amongst burglars are crowbars and bolt cutters.
It’s worth taking the time to properly secure your outbuildings.
We wrote a blog post about how to secure your shed.
Tidy up your garden
Take the time to tidy up and put away anything that could be used to break the glass in your windows, force a window, or used to help someone reach your upstairs windows.
Something else to consider is planting spikey or thorny plants and bushes underneath your windows to make it harder for someone to easily get at a window.
Make sure you repair any damaged fencing, and make sure any gates have a high quality padlock on them.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to home security is that the majority of burglars are opportunists. The harder you make it for them to break in, and the more effort and time they have to spend trying to get in, the more likely they are to give up.
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