How To Secure Your Windows

June 28th, 2019

One of the things any home or business owner in Mount Vernon, IL should be thinking of when it comes to security are points of entry. Thieves trying to break into a property to steal are, by nature, trying to take the path of least resistance and find the easiest way in. While the door is a common point of entry, another easy one is the window.

This isn’t necessarily confined to just ground floor windows in Mount Vernon, IL either. Many people make the mistake of thinking that as long as ground floor points of entry are considered, anything beyond that can be safely left easy to open because no one will go up there. That’s why it’s important to consider your windows when looking at improving the security of your home or business. Here are a few ways to do it.

Replace Your Windows

This isn’t necessarily an option for everyone, especially those who live in restored, historical/heritage homes. However, for many home or business owners, better security can be achieved by updating the windows to newer models. Windows that are 40 or more years old, especially if they are still made with wooden frames, are far less secure than newer windows built with stronger, layered glass and vinyl frames.

New windows are also more energy efficient, so an upgrade not only gives you a stronger barrier; it may even cut down the amount you pay every month on your heating and cooling bills.

Get New Locks

As has already been said, however, for some people getting new windows is not an option. This may be due to the historical considerations of a home, or, more pressingly, changing out all the windows in a home is a pretty big investment that not everyone is comfortable making.

New locks for existing windows is another way to address this issue. As long as you take the time to remember to lock your window, you create a more secure environment for yourself. This is usually only an issue in the summer months when people are more likely to want to open their windows.

Get Security Systems

Of course, the best way to secure a window is to enhance it with a security system. This can be either in the form of “caught in the act” systems such as alarms that go off when windows are opened, or it can be in the form of deterrents. 

Motion detectors tied to outdoor lights, for example, can deter thieves from opening windows, since the light literally highlights them to anyone looking. In the same way, security cameras around points of entry like doors and windows also make thieves reluctant to try their luck, since cameras record all their activity and make them easier to identify during an investigation, as well as act as evidence in court once an arrest is made and prosecution is sought.

If you’d like to enjoy more secure windows for your property here in Mount Vernon, IL, then call Kunce Computers. We can help you add more protection to your windows for more peace of mind about your property.