All accessible windows must have key operated locks, unless they are being used as a fire escape. Key operated locks are essential. Window handles should be multi locking, with shoot bolts into the frame. Extra security can be added to externally beaded windows with security clips, security tape or sealant.
Louvre window panes must be secured to prevent them being removed, or consider replacing them with a solid glass panel.
If you replace windows, ensure that they have been tested to withstand attack and meet one of the following standards; PAS 24:2012, STS 204 or LPS 1175 SR1.
- Remember to close and lock all your windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
- Consider using laminated glass in ground-floor and accessible windows such as those above a flat roof
- Make sure windows are fitted with a good lock appropriate for the window type.
- Avoid leaving valuables, house or car keys near windows.
Double glazed windows
Double glazed window locking systems should be fitted at the time of manufacture. A general rule to follow is that the handle should not be the only means of keeping the window closed.
Single glazed windows
All single-glazed areas on both the ground floor and other accessible areas can be vulnerable to attack. Plain glass is easily breakable so consider using laminated glass. This is far more difficult to break through as it will not shatter and will therefore delay any attempt at forced entry, a valuable deterrent.