The Hackett Security, Inc. Tip Of The Day #4 - Windows

Because windows are left unlocked and/or open at a much higher rate than doors, and because an open window, visible from the street or alley may be the sole reason your home is chosen, window safety is paramount. Ground floor windows are obviously much more susceptible to break-ins, however keep in mind that upper floor windows can become very attractive targets if they can be accessed by a tree, a fence or other item. If you need to have your window open for ventilation, a good idea is to have through-the-frame pins installed or use wooden dowels to protect the window from being opened far enough to allow for someone to sneak in. A lot of new window models have such devices built right into them. It is also a good idea to have the window open no more than six inches, and make sure that you cannot reach the latch or blocking device from the outside. For fire safety it is vital to make sure that you and your entire family can easily remove any blocking devices. You can also consider placing highly visible decals on the window that indicate the use of an alarm system, a guard dog, or neighborhood watch program.
  • Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices.
  • Open any accessible windows no more than six inches for ventilation.
  • Make sure that someone cannot reach through this six-inch space and unlock a door or remove the secondary blocking devices.
  • Like sliding glass doors, use anti-lift devices on horizontal windows.
  • Use window decals displaying your use of an alarm system, the use of a guard dog, or of the neighborhood watch program in place.
- The Hackett Security Team

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