Creating a home that is secure and safe is often a top priority for homeowners, and if it isn’t then it should become one. We live in a beautiful country that unfortunately has a reputation for crime and home invasions. On top of installing an alarm system and taking other security measures, burglar bars are a great investment in taking precautions against break-ins.
If you are a homeowner that is considering investing in burglar bars, you should ask yourself a series of questions as to whether or not you need them. Consider the safety and security of your area and how many break-ins have been recently reported. Also consider the placement of your windows. If you have windows that are low set and covered by foliage, burglars will have an easier time remaining undercover during a break-in. Lastly, you should consider if you are happy with the way burglar bars will look on your windows and home.
Burglar bars seem to have a stigma around them that they are cold and unsightly additions to your beautiful windows. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Very basic burglar bars are just as you would imagine them; three or four steel bars placed vertically across windows. Homeowners do have the option of customizing their burglar bars to make them more aesthetically appealing whilst still proving to be effective security installments.
Installing Burglar Bars
Installing burglar bars can prove to be a relatively easy job. However, there are professionals available who would be more qualified to install heavy duty bars on higher, larger windows. In order to install your own burglar bars, you will need to make use of brackets that are mounted to the frames on opposite sides. These brackets will acts as the securing structure for the burglar bars. Also consider where the bars will be placed; bars that are behind the windows mean that burglars will have to get through the window before they can start working on the burglar bars. Also ensure that your burglar bars can be removed in the face of an emergency.
Types of Burglar Bars
Different homeowners will have different needs in terms of how they want their burglar bars to function. Swing away bars are bars that can be easily opened and closed. They are usually hinged on either side of the window frame and locked in the middle with a padlock or key. These bars are beneficial to windows that need constant cleaning or for homes that want their burglar guards to be easily opened in case of an emergency. Permanent security bars are bars that cannot be opened or easily removed and are for long-term use. Removable bars are good investments for homeowners who want their home to look good in the day, and be secure at night. These burglar bars are easily installed and removed.