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.