Additional security for the household is always a hot topic here at LocksOnline, and something that is usually overlooked are windows. Think about it, they are large panes of glass that don't take much to break. If there is nothing fitted to the frame to secure the window then by breaking the glass the criminal is free to open the window from the outside and climb in and go about their business. Not a situation any home owner wants to have on their hands i'm sure you'll agree.
The solution to this scary problem is in two parts, the first is obviously to fit a window lock to all windows to stop it from being opened without a key, this is usually stipulated specifically withing the blurb of most home insurance policies (worth checking on yours if you haven't already!).
The second part of the fix is to fit what is known a window restrictor between the the frame and the leaf with the glass in. What this will do is restrict the opening of the window to a certain size, usually in the region of 4", so the idea being that if someone was able to force open the lock then the window wouldn't open enough for a full grown human to fit through in any way shape or form!
For Casement Windows
For casement windows a great little device is the ERA 829 Metlock, Its small, unobtrusive and economical. It works by securing the handle and works with most 'cockspur' style handles. No drilling or screwing is required you simply fit it, lock it and you're away!
For Sash Windows
For wooden sash windows there is of course options to you, there are a range of secure locking devices such as the Banham W107 or the Yale 8K108, both work by the lock body being fixed to the meeting rail of the bottom sash and is then operated by the key, which propels the bolt into the slotted keep plate fitted to the top sash. Sash window stops are also available to prevent them from opening over a certain distance, again recommended by most insurance policies.
There is a lock available to suit every different types of window, what is described above is, in my experience, is just the most commonly queried styles. Another high security version is the humble window bolt (often called a 'window rack bolt'), are fitted inside a window with the bolt extending into a hole in the window frame providing extra security, also sometime know as window rack bolt. These Window locks are concealed in the frame so add extra security.
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