Security Tips for your Glazing
Security can be an issue for everyone. A person's home is the one place where they should be able to feel the most secure. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Burglary affects over 35,000 people every month (source) and the effects can be long lasting. There are several ways in which you can help protect your property from being invaded. Since many burglars use windows for both entry and exit of a property, we thought it was important to write some tips to help you protect yourself:
Upgrade to Double Glazing - When a burglar decides which house to invade, they will look for the easiest option and one thing they look for is the type of glazing on the property. Single glazing units are easier to break and ensure that a thief can get in and out of a house quickly. Upgrading to double glazing not only makes it more difficult to gain entry, but will also put a burglar off attempting to break in. It may be a good idea to ask your double glazing provider to explain what safety precautions are in place on their windows.
Use Window Film- Window films can be added to a window for added security. These films help to hold the glass together in the event it may be broken or smashed. This makes it difficult for an intruder to enter the house through any broken windows. The film needs to be fitted behind the glazing beads, so it is recommended to use a glazing specialist to install it.
Keep your windows closed - This may sound obvious, but many burglaries occur when the windows in the house are open. So check every room when you leave the house. On a hot sunny day, many will leave their windows open then relax in the garden. This will also make your house a target.
Lock your windows - Gaining entry for a burglar is only the first step. Often the point of entry will be different to the point of exit. This is because the burglar will usually exploit a small space to get into the house, while this is not practical for their exit. At some point, they will want to leave your house with your possessions in hand. A common way to do this is through your windows. Many double glazing units today will have their own locks, making it very difficult to leave with any large objects. Make sure you do the same with your doors and leave the keys in a safe place.
Check for Damage- Cracked or broken windows can be an easy target for burglars as they are a lot easier to break. Check your windows regularly for any sign of damage or wear and tear. Also check the rubber seal around the outside to make sure the window is fitted securely and the beading can not be removed. If not, a burglar may be able to remove the pane without breaking it. If you suspect any damage, call a glazing expert for advice.