Most people lock their doors and windows. But does this give you enough security?
Locking doors and windows can help to stop someone from easily getting into your home. But what happens if they break the window? It is important to add more security and protection to your windows, especially those on the first floor. There are a few key ways to do so today. Here are a few things to consider.
Why Windows Matter
Any window on the first floor of your home is a high-risk area for someone who wishes to enter your home. This is particularly true for windows that slide open, creating an opportunity for someone to get into your home quickly. Other windows are high-risk, too. This includes windows on or near your garage door, large sidelights that are a single, simple pane, and windows near your back door.
How To Minimize Risks
Locking your windows is always an important first step. Get in the habit of keeping them locked unless you have them open. This minimizes the number of windows you need to lock each day on the way out. It is also wise to keep windows covered. A large picture window in your living room allows people to see your electronics, valuables, and home's accessories. If they can see something of high value, they are more likely to try to break in to access it. Keep the blinds closed when you are not home.
Consider A Tech Upgrade
You may not realize just how easy it is to know when one of your windows is open. Many home security systems and home automation systems now feature window sensors.
Small devices sit on the window edge. Some are small enough they are hard to notice. When someone opens the window while the system is on, it immediately sends a message to your phone. Those systems with professional monitoring send a message directly to the monitoring company. The company then uses cameras to see what is happening and calls help if needed. Imagine how this can help if someone tries to break into a bedroom window while your child is asleep. It can be lifesaving.
In some cases, window security can be a way to save money on home insurance. If you add a security system like this to your home, let your Ten Eyck Group agent know. It may help you reduce the cost of your coverage, while still adding more security to your property.