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7 steps to securing the windows of your home or business

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures according to Police.UK.

Windows are one of the most common entry points for intruders, so let’s look at ways you can improve the security of your home or business.

1) Examine your windows inside and out

Take a stroll around your home or commercial premises and look closely at your windows. You’re checking for signs of wear and tear, damage, faulty locks, broken glass – anything that can make your windows vulnerable to break-ins.

2) Fit strong window locks

Make sure the windows are in good condition, can be opened and closed properly, and have locks that work correctly.

Rock Locks specialises in uPVC multi-point window and door locks and mechanisms and carry all the necessary spares to repair over 95% of common uPVC door and lock problems. This means we can usually make lock repairs and lock replacements in one visit, saving you time and money.

3) Install security bars to vulnerable windows

This step is for highly vulnerable windows such as those in commercial premises or windows in the basements of homes.

Bars or grilles on your windows are an extremely effective barrier, and they also act as a visual deterrent. However, you may need to ensure they can be easily released if you need to escape out of the window in the event of a fire or other emergency.

4) Board up windows in empty premises

If your property is going to be empty for a period of time, fitting boards over the windows will deter intruders and help prevent vandalism.

Landlords and letting agencies may want to take this precaution when they have a vacant property. Or if you have recently suffered damage to a window, it’s also a good idea to have it temporarily boarded. Rocks Locks offers a fast and efficient boarding up service to homes and businesses.

5) Fit sensors to your windows

By fitting a sensor, an alarm will be triggered if anyone tries to force open the window. Or broken glass sensors will activate on the sound of breaking glass. Ideally, both options should be used together to fully protect yourself from break-ins.

6) Position motions sensors on windows

Motion sensors can either trigger an alarm or start a camera recording – ideally, they should do both.

Infrared cameras should be pointed towards high-risk windows. Then when any motion is detected, the unit will start recording. Your system can either send an alert to you or transmit a live feed to your security people.

You can also set up sensors that will activate the camera when a window is broken or opened.

7) Cover your windows in privacy or safety film

Privacy films don’t block light from coming into the property, but they will stop anyone from being able to see in through the windows. You will still be able to see what is going on outside.

Safety film can be used to protect occupants and interiors from shattered glass. The film isn’t shatterproof, but it controls the behaviour of glass fragments and protects you from flying glass shards.

Would you like expert advice on how to secure your empty property?

If you’d like to find out how the latest security products can improve the security of your property, whether residential or commercial, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks.

Stuart will conduct a FREE home security survey and provide advice on the best security solutions to meet your needs and budget.

Call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit www.rocks-locks.co.uk for further information on all the locksmithing services we offer.

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