Window security is one of the most important factors in a home security system. In fact, the DoJ reports that 2 in 5 home break-ins don’t really require breaking in—just a quick lift of an unlocked window. Even more disturbing is that nearly a third of criminals enter homes through an open window with someone inside the home. The worst time of year for these occurrences? Summer. After all, who thinks about locking and unlocking windows when you are opening them frequently for a breeze?
Your clients need secure windows. Here are the stages of getting a residence’s windows as secure as possible.
Stage 1—Using the Locks
Just about every modern window comes with a lock on it. The figures listed above may be enough to convince most clients to start using them.
Stage 2—Lighting and Accessibility
A criminal is going to go for a poorly lit window to avoid detection. Using floodlights, especially on windows that have easy access such as ground floor windows, is a good way to deter burglars. Motion sensor lights ensure that light isn’t constantly pouring in through home windows at night.
Stage 3—Window Treatments
Letting criminals see into the house increases the likelihood that someone will see something worth breaking in for. Encourage clients to avoid sheer curtains, especially on windows that give a view of valuables.
Stage 4— Sensors and Monitoring
At this point, the security system takes over where the householder has done all they can do to protect the home. Sensors should be placed on all windows but especially on ground floor windows and ones that face away from the road. Lower windows should also have detectors for glass breaking, so there is no way for the burglar to get around a sensor that just detects the opening of the window.
These sensors then need to call out for help if windows are opened or broken. NMC is proud to provide the monitoring service that backs this final line of defense against window break-ins.