As well as enhancing the appearance of your property, your windows are also there to protect you so choosing the right locks is paramount.
More than half of all burglaries start with a burglar gaining access to the property from an inadequate window lock so when thinking about the safety and security of your home, methods of window security are some of the main factors to bear in mind. However, many people fail to realise the importance of window security; old locks and latches can be ineffective, making it easy for intruders to gain access and leaving your home at risk. If you’re considering upgrading your locks with window alarms or installing new windows, we’ve created a short guide to window security, with a variety of options to suit your requirements.
Many homeowners think that a secure front door with a good lock is enough to protect their home from intruders, but this is not the case. Especially if you have just moved into a new house, you should replace all the locks as soon as possible as it’s impossible to know who may have copies of the existing keys. When choosing replacement windows, make sure that they feature the latest high-security locks as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
Choosing the right window latches
The latch is an important component of the security system of a sash window. It may only be part of the window locking system, but it helps to ensure the overall security of the window. Latches usually contain flat metal or plastic springs; while plastic latches are particularly vulnerable to rotting, metal latches may also deteriorate over time and will then need replacing. There is a wide range of latches to suit all styles of windows from sliding window latches to casement window fasteners. The type of latch you choose will depend on the style of window and your individual preferences, but you can be confident that all our replacement windows are fitted with high-quality latches to give you peace of mind.
Types of window locks
While high tech options such as window alarms and motion-triggered security cameras can be very helpful in keeping your home and family safe and secure, it’s important not to overlook the basics such as locks when keeping intruders out of your home. There are a number of different types of window locks available to you when considering how to improve your home’s security:
A pin lock is used on a double hung window. A locking pin goes through one part of the window and screws into the second sash, preventing the window from being opened.
As the name suggests, this type of lock requires a key to open it. A keyed lock may be fitted to a casement window, a sliding window or a double hung window, either on the sash or on the window frame. All you need to do is to store the key safely where everyone in the family can find it.
Sliding sash windows can be fitted with sash stops; these are locks that are fitted in pairs to the top section of the upper sash to stop the two sashes from sliding past one another. Depending on where the sash locks are fitted, you have the options of no movement at all or of allowing the window to be partly opened to allow fresh air into the room without the risk of someone climbing in.
Window security bars
Security bars are a traditional option and are ideal for windows such as the basement or back windows, where security rather than aesthetic appeal is a priority. Even if an intruder succeeded in breaking the glass, window security bars prevent them from gaining access to your home - a simple but effective solution that brings an extra layer to your security system.
If you’re concerned about the risk of your window glass being smashed, consider having polyester security film applied to your windows. Security film is widely used in banks and offices as well as train, bus and car window and holds the glass in place if it should be smashed, reducing the risk of burglaries or vandalism.
Whether you're considering installing replacement windows, or if it’s time to upgrade your old locks, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Bergson & Eaton, where our expert team will be pleased to talk you through our range of window security methods.