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Home Security Starts with a Good Alarm and Window Locks


Home security starts with a good alarm and window locks, since breaking into house is often easier through a window than the door. Many homes have bushes near the windows that allow the burglar to hide behind them while getting the window open and going into the house. This is why it is important to have a good alarm system like ADT that has trained agents that send the authorities as soon as the system is triggered. The next thing that is important is to ensure that all windows in the house are protected with good locks, which means they are burglar proof

One of the most critical things about windows is never to secure them from break-ins if they are windows that could be used for fire exits with things like screws or nails. This can make it a hazard, rather than just a secured window. Instead there are better options that are easy to install if the current locks on the windows pose a break-in vulnerability. Every house has different types of windows, there are double hung windows, semi-sashed or sashless windows, picture windows, skylights and basement windows. Each of these has solutions to make them secure from burglars and then with the ADT home security system the threat of a break-in is greatly reduced.

Twice per year the locks on the windows should be checked to ensure that the locks work properly and windows like skylights, sliding glass and French doors can have locks installed that use a key to lock and unlock them. This is a type of bolt that goes through the wood framing the window or door is installed in. This makes it impossible to open these type of glass areas from the outside without breaking the glass and a burglar is not going to do this, because they do not want to make noise that will get them noticed, not to mention the ADT alarm system is going to be triggered.

Living in an older home, with older windows can mean changing all of the locks on the windows, because during the time they were manufactured residential break-ins were not prevalent like they are today. The lock was added to these windows as a standard feature, which people mostly used during cold weather or during warm weather storms that had high winds. Today things are much different, while the lock on the window might be used for those same reasons, residential break-ins occur every day in some neighborhood across the country.

A good place to begin is to inspect the windows, if the locks do not work properly or seem unsecure a visit to the home improvement store can change that and the next important part of window and home security is an ADT home alarm system. Then if a burglar does gain access into the house through a window the security system is triggered and sends an alert to the monitoring center trained agents, which will alert the authorities.

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15 Responses to “Home Security Starts with a Good Alarm and Window Locks”

  1. Helen says:

    I have vinyl windows in my home that I have never really trusted the locks on because they look like if you just pushed the window up really hard that it would break the vinyl holding it there. Do you think that vinyl windows and locks are safe or should you have wooden frames and metal locks? I would think that wood would be stronger than vinyl.

  2. Robert says:

    I want a security alarm system for my home but I am having a very difficult time deciding what I want on the alarm. Isn’t there a system out there through ADT that you can pick and choose what you want on it? I have read some where that there is even a medical monitor that you can choose to have on there, is that true? Is there one that has flood detection on it?

    • Ruler says:

      Yes, you can pick what features you want and you can get water/flood protection also, but its mainly to alert you if you have a water leak from your water heater for example.

  3. Doris says:

    Thank you for posting this in a blog. I had no idea that you needed to check your windows that often but that does make since. Over time the weather and the usage can wear these down just like the rest of the house. Thank you for bringing that to mind, I don’t think that I have checked our window locks since we moved in.

  4. Greg says:

    This was a very informative blog I have been shopping around for security systems for awhile now and I think that ADT is so far the only one that has a system that you can choose what you want on it. I think you did a great job putting this information out there and I am looking forward to getting a system put in my house that is personalized for me and my family.

  5. Lindsay says:

    This was some really good advice especially about checking the window locks once or twice a year. Why is it that the window locks are just a piece of material that is rotated around by the knob and slides between the upper and lower window panes? Would that be easy to break if you really wanted to with out breaking the glass?

  6. Patricia says:

    We live in an older home like you mentioned in your blog and I want to go around and replace all the locks on the windows because the ones on there look very weak. What kind of lock would you suggest for this purpose? It is possible that I might have to replace the windows all together because of wood rot, but I would like to know my options.

  7. Margie says:

    Thank you for the advice you have a great blog here and a lot of information that people don’t even think about, I know I never thought about my windows, I am always concentrating on the doors and if they are locked or not so the windows never really cross my mind. After reading this thought I will have boards in all my windows preventing them from being opened from the outside.

  8. Leroy says:

    I have got to get me one of these security systems, I have all of the mentioned “hot spots in my home, the old windows that French doors, doors with full view glass etc. I even have bushes in the front of my home that can be hid behind. Thank you for the advice you have given in your blog it definitely gave me something to think about.

  9. Kevin says:

    You have some very good advice in your blog, especially about checking the window locks once or twice a year, I have lived in my house for six years now and I don’t think we have ever checked the window locks. Why is it that window locks are just a piece of material that is rotated around by the knob and slides between the upper and lower window panes? That looks so easy to break.

  10. James says:

    After reading your blog I have decided that I am going to replace all the windows because we live in an older home like you mentioned in your blog and rather than replace a bunch of locks on windows that are rotting with age I figure it would be easier to replace the entire window. They leak really bad anyway so I know they don’t seal already. Then I will have to look at doors.

  11. John says:

    I have a very old house and the termites have taken a toll on the window frames and doors, so I think all I can do at this point is replace what I can as far as locks go but I definitely need a security system to alert me when someone breaks in because they will be able to kick in those rotting doors no problem. Thank you for the tips.

  12. Howard says:

    How do you determine If it would be best to replace the doors on your home? I was noticing on the back door to the garage there was some wood rot at the bottom of the door, if that is the case wouldn’t it be easy to break the door in? Wouldn’t it be safe to assume that the entire door frame is that way we just can’t see it through the paint?

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