In order to ensure the safety of yourself, family and home, it is essential your property contains windows with a high level of security. Installing secure windows not only protects your home from unwanted intruders but creates a safe environment for children and small animals. Statistics show that 30% of burglaries happen due to an unlocked window or door and 23% of burglars make their way into the property through the first-floor windows. In order to help burglar-proof the windows and doors in your property, we have summarised the top 5 security solutions. Here is our guide on how to burglar proof windows.
How to burglar proof windows
To find the most secure windows available, it is a good idea to research and compare several manufacturer’s credentials. There is a minimum window security standard required for all residential properties which is the British Standards certification PAS 24:2012.
As of October 2015, in order to be Document Q compliant, all new build properties are obliged to be fitted with double glazing that achieves PAS 24:2012. For more information about the Approved Document Q, read here.
Some windows now also boast a ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation, backed by the UK Police, which was an initiative introduced to reduce crime through poor glazing. Here are some safety features to look out for and should be incorporated into the design of your windows to ensure maximum security.
Internally beaded windows
The glazing in windows is held in place via a small strip which runs along the edges of the window sash. However, this can be internally or externally beaded. In the past, uPVC windows in Milton Keynes usually contained external window beading but this provided burglars with an easy way of peeling away the beading and removing the glass. Due to the rise in security concerns, windows nowadays usually contain internal glazing beads. This is significantly more secure and prevents the glass from being removed easily.
There is a wide variety of options when it comes to locks which differ in levels of security. To achieve the highest level of safety, aim for as many locking points as possible. There is no standard number of mechanisms but a window that contains eight or more locking points is guaranteed to provide incredibly secure properties.
Furthermore, investing in bidirectional locking systems offers an additional layer of safety in the frame, preventing intruders from being able to remove the window using a crowbar.
Key locking handles
The majority of modern windows now possess key locking handles. This makes it incredibly difficult for potential burglars to wriggle open the windows in your property. This feature is also vital in any two storey properties where there are children residing. If you have young children then it is vital to ensure top storey windows are always locked and the keys are kept well out of reach and sight.
However, if you do not have children in your home, then it is recommended to leave the keys inside the locks. This prevents intruders from being able to pick the lock and eliminates the stress of having to find the keys in an emergency.
Having Window Ware opening restrictors fitted to your windows is an effective way of allowing ventilation into your home through just a couple of centimetres-wide gap. These devices are essential if you have young children that either live with you or regularly visit your home. It is reported that 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured from falling out of windows each year. These window restrictors are a guaranteed way of preventing these unnecessary accidents from occurring.
Lockable Night Vents
The night vent position offers a small one-inch gap when the window is closed as a means of ventilation. However, this is nowhere near as secure as having the window fully shut and locked. Leaving the window on the latch provides a perfect opportunity for intruders to easily prise it open. To combat this problem and allow sufficient ventilation into your home without compromising your safety, trickle vents can now be fitted.
How to burglar proof doors
The most common methods for breaking into properties through doors include kicking or cutting through the door slab, snapping off handles or levering the door open at the lock. Therefore, it is imperative for all aspects of the door work together and prevent the formation of weak spots.
Multi-point locking system
Most modern doors nowadays are fitted with a multi-point locking system; a series of bolts that are activated by the operation of a key. Some of these bolts curve up whilst others will face down, preventing the door from being lifted from any angle. If you have to lift the door handle before it can be locked, then your door contains a multi-point locking system. You’ll find that most doors have between three to five locking points. These systems provide exceptional security properties, protecting your home from potential intruders.
Door chains are a simple but highly effective way of preventing burglars from gaining access to your home. These chains restrict how far the door opens and impede undesirable access. Similarly to the way a spyhole works, a door chain allows you to refuse entry to any unwanted guests. The chain is permanently fixed to the door frame which slides into a track fixed to the door itself.
This anti-lift device is mainly associated with patio and sliding doors which can be lifted from their track. However, you can have an anti-lift feature fitted which prevents the door from being lifted out of the frame externally. Some patio doors come with this security feature fitted into the structure.
These are just some of the ways to achieve the highest level of security and maximum safety in your home. If you are looking for windows in Milton Keynes that include exceptional safety features, then get in touch with our team today. If you have found this article to be useful or insightful, please feel free to share it on your social media channels.