A thief generally spends less than one minute trying to gain entry to your home, which means that they look for the easiest point of access they can find. In 23% of cases, the easiest point is actually a first-floor window: They are often unlocked, so burglars can simply pry them open and climb inside, or they can just as easily be shattered when no one is looking. With just a little bit of effort, however, you can transform your windows from a liability to an anti-theft asset. Here’s a list of some tips that you can use to “burglar-proof” your windows!
Purchase Locks or Alarms
Even if your window came with locks pre-installed, adding extra locks can provide another layer of security. Also, locks that can be seen from the exterior of the window may deter burglars by showing them how difficult it will be to gain entry to your home. With that being said, locks will only enhance your windows’ security if you actually remember to keep them locked! Additionally, you can purchase window alarms that go off when your windows are open, which can scare off criminals.
Plant Thorny Shrubs
Certain plants near your home can help criminals break in: Shrubs can provide camouflage and trees can give them access to new entry points, like open windows on the second floor. Planting thorny shrubs or bushes near your windows, however, will make them inaccessible to burglars who will not want to fight through a prickly thicket to break into your home.
Install Blinds, Curtains, Shades, or Drapes
Before a burglar commits a break in, they will probably try to look inside to see whether or not anyone is home or if there are any valuables lying around that could be easily stolen. However, when you install window accessories like blinds, curtains, shades, drapes, etc. and keep them shut when you’re not home, burglars won’t be able to get the sneak peek they want, and as a result, they may be less likely to break into your house. Furthermore, installing blinds, curtains, or other window coverings have the added benefit of enhancing your home’s energy efficiency.
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