Although we all want our home to look as attractive as possible, a homeowner’s first priority has to be to make sure the property is as secure as it can be. There are many ways this can be achieved although one which seems less obvious, but nevertheless shouldn't be understated, is the installation of double glazed windows.
From a burglar's point of view a window presents the easiest opportunity for a potential break-in, a weak point in the house’s structure, so it should never be neglected when you’re considering home security.
Make them break the glass
What secure double glazing does is to force the burglar to break the glass because of its high structural integrity. This is something a burglar does not want to do. It can alert you in the home to the break in or others in your neighbourhood and just generally brings about a lot of attention.
There are also other aspects to breaking glass which makes it more difficult for a burglar. It increases the chances of them getting hurt and is also much more helpful to a forensic investigation in eventually going on to catch the offender. Tiny pieces of glass can stick to clothing while broken glass at the crime scene can snag bits of hair and blood which can positively identify the intruder.
Compounding this, double glazed windows are harder to break than those which are single glazed. The force of a blunt object on the initial pane of glass is unlikely to be enough to break the second and could cause the robber to panic and flee at his lack of progress.
Despite this, it is important to recognise that there are different models of double glazing, some of which are more secure than others. An example of a design which isn’t so safe are those windows which have been glazed from the outside. This is because a burglar who is at all knowledgeable about windows will be able to remove the beading from the frame and simply take the glass out in one piece. If the window has been beaded from the inside, then again they will have to break the glass.
These internally beaded windows are common on the more modern double glazing designs. This is also true of multi-point locking systems, a service which has improved greatly over time and provides a stronger structure to the window itself.
At the end of the day, however, all of these features are pointless if you don’t do the basics. No matter how strong your window is, if you leave it unlocked or open, your rolling out the welcome mat to potential thieves.
But it is true that the installation of secure double glazing can play a vital role in keeping your home safe and should never be overlooked as a basic feature of home security.