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Your windows may be the weakest points in home security systems . Often burglars can quietly cut or break a window and unlock it from the inside. Many burglars will have a stick tape or a sheet of material that they stick to the window. They can then break the window without having the pieces fall. They stay stuck to the sheet of material, and the window itself is easily opened and entry is gained. Glassbreak sensors may still work in detecting the shock or sound of breaking glass.
Burglars often to look windows as their first point of entry because they assume doors will be locked. Homeowners often leave windows open when they're out of the house. Even closed windows can be the most vulnerable security point in your home and burglars have techniques to gain access through them.
Many windows are secured only by a weak latch mechanism that can be forced, while others have a simple handle mechanism on the sashes which can be opened by sliding a tool in between them and turning.
Double hung windows are very popular and are don't offer much in the way of security protection. There are some things you can do though to make them more secure.
You can drill a screw through the inside sash to the outside sash. If the sashes are not movable it won't cause any usability problems, and if they are movable sashes, you could use this method only when you're away for long periods on holiday.
The most common way of securing a double hung window, is the placement of a strip of wood into the channel that the sashes run through. As long as this stick doesn't fall from its vertical position, the window can't be opened.
A very secure option is the lock mechanism on top of the bottom sash where the lock will attach to the bottom of the top sash. One piece of the mechanism is screwed into the bottom rail of the top sash and the other half is flush with the top of the bottom sash. These locks come with keys which means the intruder can't break the window to open them from the inside.
Casement windows swing out and are secured by a simple pull down lock on the side of the window. If the burglar can cut through the window, he can simply reach in and pull out the lock bars. Casement windows that open with cranks are difficult to open if the intruder can't reach the crank. He'll have to break the window by pulling hard and that's bound to make noise. Take the crank handle out of the window if you're leaving it partially open. Two piece key locks can be fastened to the window joint that opens. When locked, the window cannot be opened unless it is forced and tears the screws out of the wood. That takes a lot of force and will be noisy.
Sliding Windows can be fastened by key locks as well. Similar to double hung windows, a horizontal bar or stick can be placed between the window sashes. The bar is attached to the window frame on one side, and to the far sash on the other side. This prevents the movable sash from sliding. Double sliding windows can be fastened...