How to Secure Sliding Windows

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Windows are often the most common point of entry for a burglar, as they can be over looked or left unlocked. A burglar who really knows what he is doing can even get through a locked window by jerking on it to break old or damaged locks, or by jumping it off its track. Fortunately, there are other ways to secure the sliding windows in your house in addition to the regular lock. You can never be too careful when it comes to your home and family.

  • Carefully insert sheet metal screws at 6-inch intervals on the top track of the window while it is closed.

  • Adjust the screws so that the top of the window clears them when it is slid open. The screws will keep anyone from jumping the window off track.

  • Measure the length of exposed track on the bottom when the window is closed and subtract 2 inches from it.

  • Cut a dowel to the measurement and insert it into the bottom track when the window is closed. While it is in, the window cannot be slid open even if it is unlocked.

  • Replace any regular glass with plastic or tempered glass that is much harder to break.

  • Add an extra level of security to any basement windows by installing locking window well covers in addition to the previous two precautions listed. Basement windows can be tempting targets, as they can often be broken without alerting the homeowner.

  • As an extra precaution, install motion sensor lights around your home that will light up when any points of entry are approached.

Tips & Warnings

  • In addition to these precautions, you should always check your window locks regularly in order to make sure nothing is damaged or needs to be replaced.
  • Adding a security system that is designed to alert your local police force in the event of a break in is an effective way to add to the security of your home.

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