Window Security

 

Window Security

Everyone wants to make their home as secure as possible, and it’s easy to splash out on the best security for the front door, back door and security cameras etc. However you may be ignoring one main security breach….your windows. There are several things you can do to secure your windows, as well as measures you can take with your windows to keep your family safe.

Firstly we will go through what you can do to keep thieves from gaining access through your windows;

First things first, keep them locked!

Most burglars are opportunistic and an open window is an open invitation to anyone walking past. You can have all the fancy gadgets, the most expensive glass and the securest frames, but if the window is left open or unlocked….it’s all useless.

Window Locks

Sometimes the simple methods are the best, investing in a good window lock will help to protect your home. You can install deadbolts and sash jammers, but you best option is to go for a bulky lock that can be seen from the outside, as a burglar may see this and decide to move on. A popular choice for this is a window pin lock; it is relatively simple and not that expensive. If you have modern uPVC windows then it’s more than likely they came with a pretty good lock, plus the stronger and sturdier your window frames look, the less likely a burglar is going to attempt to gain entry through them.

Reinforced Glass

There are a few ways to reinforce your windows using secure material. One option is tempered glass; this is more durable than traditional glass and more difficult to break. It’s also the most inexpensive options when it comes to reinforcing your windows. Another option is Laminated Glass; this is also called safety glass. Usually laminated glass has a layer of vinyl between the two panes of normal glass. For a burglar to break through this, they are going to have to strike it repeatedly in the same spot. This is not only hard work, but will cause a lot of noise, acting as a deterrent for a burglar. If your neighbour hears one loud noise they will stop what they are doing to see if they hear it again, once they hear it multiple times, they are more likely to act. If you really want to go to the extreme then you can look at getting bullet resistant glass or wire mesh glass, these are not the normal go to materials for a family home and although they may cost more, they may not have any more benefit to a family than the other options.

Window Bars

Bars on your windows may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but they will provide a very effective security measure for your home. Firstly they will put a burglar off by just being there, and even if someone does want to smash your window, they won’t be able to squeeze through the bars. It’s not the most popular option, but there are companies that will specialise in making window bars that fit the look of your home and are not too intrusive. It also means you don’t have to remember to lock your windows every time you leave the house; the protection is always there.  However some safety experts warn against putting these in, as it means the windows are not secondary exit point during an emergency such as a fire.

 

Window Alarms/Sensors

There are a few window alarms available including wired and wireless. Wireless are the most popular as not many people like the mess of wires and cords, however you have to keep your eye on the battery life. If the batteries run out of a wireless window alarm then it’s useless. On the other hand, the benefit of having a wireless system is that even if you have a power cut, then your windows are still alarmed. Most window alarms/sensors are made of magnets and reed switches and they can be surface mounted or recessed. It deters burglars by setting off a loud noise when the circuit is broken. A burglar will break the circuit when they push the window open, pulling the magnet away from the switch. The loud noise should scare any burglars away. 

Plant something thorny

Yes that’s right, one more natural burglar deterrent is to plant some thorny bushes under your window (if you can). This can physically stop a burglar from reaching your windows and act as a deterrent, as it’s likely no one going to willingly drag themselves through painful thorns. You mustn’t plant anything with a strong trunk close to your windows as this provides an easy climbing frame to your upper windows.

 

Have some DIY security

As simple as it sounds placing something near your window that will fall over or make a noise when touched or pushed over, such as a lamp or vase can be a great, inexpensive method of additional security. This will not only alert you, but potentially scare away the burglar that is trying to gain access to your home through a window.

 

Tinted/reflective windows

Usually, before attempting to break in to your home, a burglar wants to know that it’s worth the effort. What will they do? Look in the window. If you have tinted or reflective windows, it makes it harder for the burglar to canvass the inside of your house to see if there is anything worth stealing. He also would not be able to confirm for definite if your home or not. All this would hopefully deter them from breaking in. Of course a cheaper option is to keep your blinds or curtains closed while you are out. This will also stop burglars from being able to see any valuables you have inside.

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Install Bright Flood Lights

Burglars love the dark, so installing bright flood lights that illuminate your windows is a great way to deter them. You can buy motion sensor floodlights that will flick on when anyone comes near you home. This is not only helpful to yourself if you are arriving at home after dark, but it’s will also alert you from the inside if someone is approaching.

 

Window Safety for your family and pets

As important as it is to secure your windows against burglars, it’s equally as important to make them safe for your family.

  • Windows are a secondary escape route in case of a fire. So you need to make sure they are easily openable from the inside, it would be good to practice opening them from the inside with your children, so they know how to get out.
  • In this vein it’s also worth checking no windows are nailed or painted shut, when you move into a new property as you need to be able to escape quickly in the event of a fire.
  • If you have young children then you know already that they enjoy climbing on everything; try to move any furniture or anything that can be climbed on away from windows as this will reduce the risk of the children reaching the windows and accidents occurring.
  • Keeping the windows locked is a very important part of window safety, keeping them locked not only keeps burglars out, but can stop your child falling out if they reach them.

If you own pets, especially indoor cats then it’s important to secure your windows, you can do this by keeping them locked and closed. However if you want to be able to open the window to keep cool then you can install a pet screen, which acts as a barrier between your pet and the outside world, while allowing you to enjoy the fresh air.

 

Window Locks and Security

We hope that by reading this guide, you now have some ideas on how to increase the security of your property via your windows, as we can almost guarantee there will be information included in this blog that you wouldn’t have even considered! Along with window security, there are many aspects of your home security that you should consider and monitor. For more tips on a range of security topics, visit https://www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/.

If you need additional locks or security fitted to your windows and home, do not hesitate in calling an accredited, expert locksmith.

Info and pictures from;

8 Impregnable Ways to Burglar Proof Your Windows


https://www.safety.com/how-to-burglar-proof-windows/#gref
https://reolink.com/top-7-easy-diy-ways-to-secure-your-home-windows/
https://www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/prevent-access-windows/
https://blog.mass.gov/blog/safety/10-tips-for-window-safety/

Security for the Royal Wedding

The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 will be one of the biggest events in the United Kingdom this year. Huge events such as this, especially when the Royal family are involved attract thousands of people and as a result, security is extremely important. The Thames Valley Police has a long history of policing Royal events and the upcoming royal wedding is no exception. As you can imagine the operation to make this event as safe as possible has been vast and most of what they have done will be unknown to the public. Although, what visible action are they taking to keep not just the Royal family, but the public safe on the day?

 

Commercial Vehicle Unit

Work has been carried out at locations across Windsor and Maidenhead this week. Lots of visible security measures are already in place; this includes CCTV and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers. HVMB’s are designed to prevent vehicles ramming into building or crowds; they are essentially very strong barriers and can be made from metal or concrete.

The police have also been conducting checks on various types of commercial vehicles, including lorries and vans to look for anything suspicious. They have the power to enter and inspect large good vehicles as well as forensically trace drivers’ routes. The police use this as an opportunity to link in with the haulage industry as they can act as extra eyes and ears when it comes to spotting anything suspicious.

AMPR-Automatic Number Plate Recognition is also being used as a security measure for the Royal wedding. A dedicated unit of police vans have been and will be targeting certain roads monitoring traffic and looking for vehicles that trigger the ANPR technology. Any vehicle that does trigger the ANPR will be closely monitored to make sure that it is safe and is not a threat to the public.

 

Restriction of Flying Regulation

As another security measure for the royal wedding, there is a restriction of anything flying below 2,500 feet over Windsor on the 19th and 20th May 2018. This includes drones; anyone found to be violating this restriction will be liable to prosecution. This restriction will be monitored and enforced over the two days. This will not affect commercial flights at London Heathrow. Thames police say that this is standard procedure for any large scale event.

 

 

Mounted Section

The Mounted Section is a branch of the division of the police who carry out their work on horseback. This week the Mounted Section of the police force will be in Windsor town carrying out security checks and engaging with the public and just generally being very visible. On the actual day of the royal wedding, following the ceremony the horses and riders will join the household cavalry to escort the royal carriage along the procession route. The Mounted Section make the most of having a higher view point and can easily see above the crown, making it easier for them to spot anything suspicious.

There are eight horses in the force’s Mounted Section.

  • Trojan and Mallory were on patrol in Windsor on Monday.
  • Trojan is a 15-year-old Irish draft cross who stands at 17hh 2ins.
  • PC Simmons describes Trojan as a brave police horse who is very tolerant of drunk people.
  • Mallory is a 16-year-old Irish draft cross who stands at 16hh 3ins.
  • PC Simmons describes Mallory as the most affectionate horse in the section.

 

Specialist Searches

Specialist search officers and dogs will be searching locations across Windsor including the town centre and the Long Walk. With Windsor being home to the Royals, police activity is nothing new to the locals, it’s expected for officers to been seen as a security measure to keep the public safe.

Enjoy the Weekend!

This weekend is sure to be a joyous one, and if you are planning on celebrating in your home town or if you are planning to watch the royal wedding and celebrate in Windsor we hope you enjoy the festivities and urge that you take steps to keep yourself safe.

All info and images from the Thames Valley Police website.

Harry and Meghan image from: Kensington Palace Twitter