Some 2.5 million burglaries occur every year in the United Statesthat’s about three home invasions every minute. And those are just the robberies that are reported to the police! These criminals walk away with jewelry, cash, electronics, and most importantly, they can steal your family’s sense of security. 

Though the majority of robbers walk right in through unlocked doors, nearly a quarter of break-ins happen through ground-floor windows.

So how can you ensure your windows won’t be a point of entry for a criminal? How can you keep your home and possessions safe? 

Follow our crucial tips below to keep your family secure and your home burglar-proof.

#1 Make sure your windows are in good working order

Keeping up on your home maintenance is always a smart move. Inspect your windows to see if the sashes are in good shape. A window frame that is cracked and worn out is not only costing you by increasing home energy bills: it could easily tempt a thief. Worn-out windows are easy to pry open with a crowbar. 

 

#2 Pay attention to the areas around your windows

Overgrown trees and shrubs provide an excellent hiding place for would-be thieves. Keep up on your home’s landscaping and cut back your bushes annually. You might even want to consider replanting with thorny shrubs.  

Motion sensor lights are another excellent first line of defense. Lots of folks only point them at driveways and front walks. Think like a thief—they won’t necessarily be taking the same path you do. Point those lights towards the backyard and the darker corners of your exterior. 

 

#3 Upgrade your window locks (and use them)

Home break-ins are often a crime of opportunity. Surprisingly, only 12% of home robberies are planned in advance. That downstairs window you cracked open the other day is now a flashing welcome sign to an intruder. 

Get into the practice of not only closing your windows but making sure they are locked. Are your locks in good working order? If not, it’s time to upgrade. 

 

#4 Make sure your windows talk to your security system

Only 17% percent of US homes have a security system. Can you guess which homes are the most vulnerable to home invasion? Bingo. 

Be a cautious homeowner, and prioritize protecting your assets. Prominently display your home security lawn sign and consider installing window sensors as a part of your system. Smart homes and integrated technology are becoming more and more common—with certain apps, windows can easily be wired to send an alert when they’re opened. 

 

#5 Invest in better glass

The best burglar-proof windows have one thing in common: they feature shatter-proof glass. The double- or triple-paned glass will not only prevent you from a smash and grab situation, but it will give your home a major energy-efficiency boost. It’s the smart choice. Invest in better glass to keep your interiors UV-free, lower your utility bills, and keep your home safe from a thief’s baseball bat. 

 

#6 Don’t overlook your basement windows

Basements deserve special attention. While you may only keep laundry and storage down there, basement windows are often dark enough and far enough away from bedrooms to obscure evidence of a break-in. Worn-out basement windows are a cinch to kick in, and you’d be surprised how small an opening a thief is willing to crawl through. With all this in mind, ensure basement windows are always sealed up tight and kept locked. 

You don’t have to install ugly metal bars over your windows to keep your family safe.  Window Nation features a wide range of options that provide curb appeal, energy efficiency, and safety for your home. Request a free quote today, and prioritize protecting your possessions and loved ones.

You want to wake up to a decorated tree and hot coffee on Christmas morning. You don’t want to spend the best morning of the season in the Emergency Room or laid up in bed. Avoid Christmas decorating disasters with a few safety tips. Here is the complete guide to Christmas decorating safety.

  1. Wash your hands – Please, for the love of everyone else, wash your hands. Christmas is the time when people bake cookies and cook large feasts for family, colleagues, and friends. Don’t pass along germs. As a matter of fact, wash everything. Wash baking and cooking utensils, disinfect your cooking and baking surfaces, wash all produce, and keep animals out of the area you are cooking in. 

  2. Use a ladder – You will be trimming the tree and hanging lights. Don’t try to score a gymnastics medal, too. You won’t win. If you are going to be climbing to the eaves, hanging decorations and lights from outside trees, or putting the top on your tree, use a ladder. Don’t climb on the side of the house, stand on tables and chairs, or balance strange objects to gain height. 

  3. Inspect decorations – Inspect your decorations and lights. Look for sharp and broken edges, exposed wiring, and rogue clips and hooks. You don’t want to prick your finger, step on glass, or get electrocuted by exposed wired. 

  4. Avoid fire – Identify potential fire dangers. The risk for fire lurks in many places across your home. Diligence will save a life and your home. Do not burn paper in your fireplace or hang decorations in the front. If you burn candles, never leave them unattended. Inspect lights for frayed wires, loose connections, broken sockets, and shorts. You must also keep your tree hydrated so that it does not become kindling, and at night, unplug the lights so they don’t ignite a fire. 

  5. Get rid of the fake stuff – Do not leave fake food around your home; it looks too yummy to your pets and your children. If you do have fake fruit, fragrant decorations, or attractive trimmings, make sure they are out of reach. Don’t leave them where they invite pets and kids to chew on them. 

  6. Maintain chimney and fireplace – Always get your chimney cleaned and your fireplace inspected at the beginning of the season. The risk for fire and carbon monoxide poisoning is too great when you let it slide. You must also have your furnace inspected by a professional and the filter replaced.

  7. Care for cords – This year, don’t be a Clark Griswold. Use more extension cords. Don’t overload them with multiple plugs, decorations, and blow-up yard displays. Never connect one extension cord into the other. Make sure cords in the home are hidden and covered so that kids and pets don’t play with them. If the cords are outside, make sure they are off the ground and that unused plug-ins are not exposed. 

This Christmas season, ask for help. It is better to have a safe season than a dangerous one.