Are your home’s doors and windows as safe as they can be? This short post will cover 3 tips to help you in securing your home’s doors and windows. Read on!
One thing to consider if you have glass in a door is a deadbolt that operates with a key instead of a levered switch. On a standard deadbolt you just turn the lever and extend the bolt into the jamb, thus securing the door. A door with glass, however, invites an intruder to simply break or cut the glass, reach through, and unlock the deadbolt. Even if a glass panel is broken or cut and the intruder is able to reach in to the lock, the absence of a levered switch means the door can’t be unlocked without a key, even from the inside. These are a great solution for glass doors, but check your local building codes before installing this style of lock. They are not accepted everywhere because of fire safety reasons. Make sure that this sort of lock is not installed on a door that is your primary exit in the event of a fire. You don’t want to be stumbling around in the dark looking for your keys when you need to get out of the house quickly. Source: Doityourself
Install Window Alarms
There are several type of window alarms on the market today. The first is a simple window sensor alarm to detect when a window is opened or broken, sounding an alarm to warn your family and send the burglar fleeing.
The GE SmartHome Window Alarm is a popular wireless option that is easy to install and can be used on any window in your home.
A more complicated window alarm also adds an infrared motion detector to monitor the area around the window, and activating when motion is detected but before the window is opened or broken.
Schlage Window Sensor allows you to remotely monitor your windows and alerts you when motion is detected of if you leave a window open at night. Source: Safesoundfamily
Besides your doors, windows are another important point of entry to secure. If you live in a high-crime area, consider placing iron bars on your windows to make them burglar-resistant.
If your windows are old, they might be easier to break, or break into. If you’re getting new windows, consider tempered glass, which is more durable than traditional glass.
You can also make windows more secure with:
- Security film
- Roller shutters
- Security screens Source: Alarmrelay