Second to doors, windows are a prime entryway for home intruders.
There are various types of windows and various types of locks. Having the right locks for the right windows can keep you and your family safe.
According to Safewise, 30% of burglars enter a home through an open or unlocked window. According to statistics, there were about 1.6 million home burglaries in the United States in 2015 with the average loss totaling more than $2,300.
Every window comes with a latched lock. But, most of these can be forced open. There are several types of locks that can be used to greatly enhance the security of the window – and your home. Let’s take a look at some window locks as suggested by eHow.
- Sliding Window Locks
There are both permanent and non-permanent sliding window locks that mount on either side of the window track. These not only keep the window securely locked shut, but can also keep the window securely open. There is also an option where a key is needed to remove the lock prior to opening the window.
- Keyed Sash Locks
These are for double-hung windows and mount on the side of the window or sash. A key is required to remove the lock in order to open the window. These locks come in a variety of finishes to match any décor.
- Hinged Wedge Locks
These locks offer two functions for double-hung windows: they prevent a window from fully opening or prevent a partially opened window from being opening more. The window will open only to the point of where the wedge is installed.
- Folding Locks
Similar to the hinged wedge lock, the folding lock mounts to the top window of a double-hung window and allows the window to open slightly. The window cannot fully open unless the lock is folded inward. This lock gives the homeowner the option to slightly open the window for air circulation without compromising security.
- Lag Screws
This is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your double-hung windows secure. The lag screws are inserted into predrilled holes with washers on either side of the window. A special key is needed to loosen or tighten the screws. These allow the option to open the window halfway.
- Window Latch
These are the most common window locks. The latch is secured to one window and then attaches to the other window when it’s closed, locking both in place. The one latch locks or unlocks both windows at the same time when the handle on the latch is turned.
- Swivel Action Locks
These locks are self-locking nibs and prevent the window from fully opening. No key is required. The swivel lock is best for most double-hung windows.
Every window in your home needs to be secured – not only to keep burglars out, but, help keep your children safely in. Call us today at Abington Locksmith. We can help you choose the right locks for the right windows in your home. We provide residential and commercial locksmith services and can help you with the proper locks for your needs.
Contact Abington Locksmith today at 888-296-5625 for a free quote and we are proud to serve Hingham, Norwell, Plymouth and other areas in the South Shore, MA.