A Guide to Window Locks for your Home Security

Keeping your home safe against intruders is not an easy task.
You can spend hours researching the right locks and fittings for your front door, back door, and even your garage. However, a burglar is not going to stand at your front day attempting to pick a lock if there is an open window right next to it.
Windows are another entryway that a burglar can use to gain entry into your home.
It is just as important to secure your windows as it is your doors. Here is a guide to the types of window locks you may consider for your home security.
Lock and Key:
Having a lock and key on your window can make them tougher than doors to get through. This is because most window locks do not give you access from the outside. With no lock to pick an intruder will be forced to find another means of entry.
Although you can find key locks attached directly to windows, you will most often find them coupled with another variation of lock. For example, the folding latch lock is a common combination that you would see on casement windows.
Smart Technology:
Smart locks are a new and innovative way forward wen it comes to home security.
With a smart lock on your window you will require a smart panel or an app on your phone to open your windows, along with a code that you set. Although it comes with its own challenges, like how to open a window during a power cut, this secure system has many benefits for your home security.
A smart window lock can do more than unlock and lock your windows. It can be connected to other security features in your home, send you a message when a window has been opened, set off an alarm, record CCTV, and even call the police.
Window Pins:
A window pin lock is not a very secure option. However, it does have its uses.
Window pins work in a similar way to door chains. They allow the window to open, but only so far. One part connects to the windowpane and the other part connects to the sash, the cable or chain between them prevents the window from opening very far. How far it opens will depend on the length of the chain or wire that you are using.
While this is a great option for letting air into the home, with the right tools an intruder can use that gap to cut the chain or cable making it ineffective for security. Therefore, it is recommended that you couple a window pin with another type of lock, like a latch.
Folding Latches (With and Without Keys):
A good folding latch on a window is where you can bring the two sashes together and fold the latch down. This then holds the window firmly closed.
Many types of folding latches come with the added benefit of a key lock so you can lock the latch down from the inside preventing it from being opened back up. This is a secure option when it comes to window latches, although other latch options are available.
Latches like the swivel latch simply clasp together holding a window closed. How strong these types of latches are can vary wildly, from the brand to how well they have been secured.
A Note on the Glass:
A burglar is not afraid of a little noise. Do not think that they won't throw a rock through the glass if it will give them entry.
But won't someone hear it?
More than likely. But human nature dictates that if someone hears a loud noise they will stop and listen. Nine times out of ten they are not going to do anything unless they hear that noise again. A practiced intruder will only need to make the noise once to gain entry into a home.
Consider stronger glass or impact windows to discourage this type of forced entry.
Other Ways to Improve Safety Around your Windows:
A burglar will target the window above your sink, in your bathroom, or on your second floor. These are the windows most often left open a little bit. Remember, if they are left open a little, they are open enough for an experienced intruder to get in.
However, there are many ways to deter intruders before they even reach the locks on your windows.
Windows bars slow intruders down. Anything that slows them down is bad news for them, so they are more likely to avoid it. Thorny bushes under windows are a budget-friendly way of slowing them down.
CCTV and floodlights make the perfect mix. With a high chance of being caught on camera in good lighting, an intruder is going to think twice.
If you need to upgrade the locks or security around your windows, contact a security company such as Quickly Locksmith Miami for professional advice.

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