Published by FUN MATES PRESS
Many burglars enter homes by simply breaking glass windows. A
good deterrent is to have better quality glass installed at
vulnerable points around the perimeter of your residence. Most
burglars avoid attempting to break the following types of glass
due to the fear of attracting attention:
LAMINATED GLASS is made by a vinyl or plastic interlayer
sandwiched between two layers of glass. This type of glass adds
additional strength to your windows. To gain entry, a burglar
would have to strike the glass repeatedly in the same spot in
order to make a small opening. Most burglars are reluctant to
create this type of noise for fear of being detected.
TEMPERED GLASS is made by placing a piece of regular glass in an
oven, bringing it almost to the melting point, and then chilling
it rapidly. This causes a skin to form around the glass. Fully
tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass.
WIRED GLASS adds the benefits of a visible deterrent. Extra
effort will be needed to break the glass and then cut through
the wire located within the glass, in order to gain entry.
PLASTICS: Plastic material is divided into two types: acrylic
or polycarbonate. The acrylics are more than ten times stronger
than glass of the same thickness and are commonly called
plexiglass. Polycarbonate sheets are superior to acrylics and
are advertised as 250 times more impact resistant than safety
glass, and 20 times more than other transparent plastic.
With SLIDING WINDOWS the primary objective is to keep the window
from sliding or being lifted up and out of the track. There are
many manufactured products available for securing windows. Here
are some of the suggestions:
PINNED WINDOW ANTI-SLIDE BLOCK SLIDEBOLT: It is not recommended
that you lock a window in a ventilating position. This is an
invitation to a prying action which can result in entry. Key
locking devices offer no real security, and they can be a fire
CASEMENT WINDOWS are the simplest to secure. Make sure the
latch works properly and that the "operator" has no excess play.
If so, replace the worn hardware.
DOUBLE HUNG WINDOW latches may be jimmied open. If a window is
not used, screw it shut (except bedrooms). For windows in use,
drill a sloping hole into the top of the bottom window, through
and into the bottom of the top window, and insert an easily
removable pin or nail.
LOUVRE WINDOWS are bad security risks. Remove and replace with
solid glass or other type of ventilating window. Or protect with
a grate or grille (except bedrooms).
WARNING: One window in every bedroom on the ground and second
floor must be left available as a fire exit, particularly for
children and guests in you home. At night, the bedroom window
may often be the quickest and safest means of getting out.
Because of the danger of fire, decorative grills are not
recommended on bedroom windows.