How Thieves Use Window to Break in
Theft in the home is no joke. Burglaries can and do happen when you least expect it. While many of us are concerned when we go on an extended holiday whether our homes will be secure enough while we go away, a break-in can happen when you just nip down to the shop, or even while you’re sleeping at night.
Break-ins aren’t restricted to “dodgy” suburbs either. They can happen in affluent suburbs, inner city suburbs, anywhere that looks like they might have some goods inside to steal.
Burglars are people who aren’t rational. They’re desperate and they will go to lengths to steal valuables from homes because they are desperate. Burglars are generally stealing items in homes to hock for drug money. And drugs, or the pursuit of drugs, can make people highly irrational.
Keeping your valuables in a safe place, such as a home safe, or even hidden in odd areas at the very least, can be a good way to help stop theft once a burglar gets in your home, but realistically, we’d like to not have them have the chance to get inside in the first place, wouldn’t we? You don’t want an irrational person in your home that you don’t know, who is only there to steal from you. This is especially important if you are in your own home at the time – you really don’t know how they are going to react if they see you or if they are disturbed.
The good news is that you can help to reinforce your home to protect it against unwanted intrusions. While you might get unlucky if you absentmindedly leave your front door wide open one day leaving the house and an opportunist strolls past and takes the opportunity to rob you, this is not the general method of entering a home.
Generally, a burglar will be able to jimmy open one of your windows that isn’t quite locked properly, or even smash their way in if they see something particularly valuable lying about. Windows are generally how thieves are able to gain access to a seemingly secure home. Most people will find that when doing a sweep of their homes that at least one window will be able to be pried open. You may have even done it yourself if you’ve managed to lock your keys in your house before – which can be annoying but also a wake-up call about security.
What You Can Do
To stop thieves from being able to access your home via your windows there are a number of things that you can do. First of all, you can make sure that every window has a secure lock (or even two), that are kept locked at all times, except when you are in the room or can see the window. The keys must be placed somewhere safe and hidden, too.
Reinforced glass can be used for windows to make them less susceptible to breaking, however, this option is usually only used in commercial premises and shop fronts.
Metal grates were popular in years gone by to protect the outside of windows. The only issue with these is that a clever thief may be able to remove them with the right set of tools and the right amount of effort. These grates can look great ornamentally, and security enforced grates may do the trick.
How Window Roller Shutter Can Help You
The other option is installing roller shutters over windows. This is a great option because the entire of the window is hidden behind the metal shutters, and when closed, the shutters are locked into place. Metal roller shutter is the most secure way to protect your home against burglars entering through your windows.
Roller shutters aren’t just good for deterring thieves either. They are also a clever way to save on your energy bills at home. In winter, closed roller shutters can help stop the heat escaping the home through windows (yes, this happens even when windows are closed, through the glass), and can help keep the heat out of the house during summer when they are shut too.
Roller shutters are available in a large range of designs and colours, so there is a set to fit any home. If you are serious about keeping your home secure, and your valuables and family safe, then it is wise to consider installing a set of roller shutters over any of your accessible windows.