This spring I gave a few residential security talks at the Home Show put on by The Sudbury Home Builders Association . During my talks, I covered several topics including the pros and cons of window bars. I believe that everyone who has windows at or near ground level should have some sort of protection on them. That could range from bars, additional stickers warning of your alarm, or professionally applied window film.
One of the main advantages to window bars is that they’re an immediate visual and physical deterrent. Nothing says “You can’t get in here!” like a set of hefty bars blocking entry. They can range from flat bar on the inside of the window frame to elaborate square tubing that has a loose rod to slow an attack from a saw. I would always recommend looking at those manufactured to be quickly removable in case of emergency. The last thing you want is something meant to keep you safe keeping you trapped in your own basement.
If you have an alarm, make sure every one of your windows has a visible sticker. Should anyone be looking through the window, they’ll hopefully notice the sticker and not take the chance. If they do, make sure you have window contacts or glass break sensors installed to catch them. These can be easily added to any new or existing system.
The third method is one that very few people know about. It’s also my favorite. There is a film that goes on like tint and stretches like Saran wrap. If installed properly, it’s an excellent way to keep the bad guys out. They can still break the glass but the film will stretch and not easily let go. You can get it completely clear or tinted. Team that up with your alarm stickers and I think you’ve got a pretty good system. Visual, physical, and safe.
Whether you choose to implement one of the above ideas or not, I urge you to look at your windows and give some serious thought to how secure they really are.
Give me a call or reply to this email if you want to discuss any of these ideas and how we can help you implement them. We’re always here to help you keep what matters most safe.