Fact sheet Home Security Window Security & Patio Doors • cutting a snug piece of wood the Windows & Patio Doors present a special challenge size of a broom handle or hockey with respect to home security. They can be broken, stick next to the windows used for ventilation; forced open, or lifted from their track. Windows can • adding a secondary locking device. also be used to defeat door locks when they are within 40 inches of the lock mechanism. patio Doors Patio doors are little more than large In order to improve your security, improVe the securitY oF sliding windows. As such, security can we recommend that you do the be enhanced using the above methods. Your eXisting WinDoWs/ The size of patio door allows for following. patio Doors additional options. These include the sliding Windows / patio Doors use of “Charlie” bars and pins. assess Your VulnerabilitY Sliding windows can be defeated • Take a look at the accessible in one of three ways. They can be charlie bars windows around your property. forced open, lifted up and out or the Charlie bars are designed to prevent These generally include basement glass can be broken. Sliders require lateral movement in patio doors. They and ground floor windows as well as reinforcement to prevent easy entry. are installed at a convenient height and any window that can be reached by an air conditioning compressor, arbours create a visible deterrent to burglars etc. Note whether landscaping close the gap at the top of the thereby making them a superior option. screens these from view. In instances Window Charlie bars are available at most where this is a factor, consider All sliding windows and doors have hardware and home improvement reducing or removing some of the an “installation” gap at the top which centres. plant material. allows them to be lifted up and out. This gap should be filled by one of • Check your property for sidelights pins two methods: (long window next to entrance A quarter inch metal “pin” can be door), sliding windows including 1. A piece of wood can be cut so used to “lock” the patio door frames patio doors, double hung windows that it is slightly (about 1/8” inch) together. This should be installed and country-style doors (side smaller than the gap and the width near ground level (in the event of a entrance with large glass panel). of the window. This will allow fire) by carefully drilling through the If your property has any of these it to sit on top of the window or intersection of the patio frames, being features, check the appropriate patio door frame filling the gap yet careful not to come in contact with the section below. providing for movement. The wood glass or pierce the exterior metal. For can be removed from the inside if • Be mindful of your security habits. necessary for maintenance. Lock all accessible windows when going out - even for short trips. 2. Two or three flat head wood screws For more inFormation on Limit the size of accessible window can be fixed into the portion of the this subject, please contact: openings if they are being used for upper track above the windows ventilation at night. Accomplish this that are used for ventilation (the peel regional police by installing a securable, window window(s) behind the screen). crime prevention services 7750 Hurontario street stop. Never store ladders on the Brampton, Ontario exterior of your house as this can prevent lateral movement L6v 3W6 provide access to windows that are Most locks in sliding glass windows otherwise inaccessible. and doors are constructed of cast Tel. 905-453-2121 ext. 4021 metal or vinyl and therefore are easily Fax 905-456-6106 broken. Window security can be You may also want to examine our greatly improved by: internet site at: www.peelpolice.ca PRP 52 Revised – May 2008 home security – Window security & patio Doors Fact sheet p r o d u c t s r e q u i r e p r o f e s s i o n a l are characterized by tighter fits and installation. (See “glass coating and better locks, which ultimately make tinting” in the yellow pages.) your windows more difficult to defeat. The same holds true for doors. (Note: Some security professionals recommend the use of a double cylinder deadbolt to prevent a thief glass from disengaging the lock by breaking Same as the glass recommendations the glass. The Peel Regional Police do from the previous section. not support the use of double cylinder deadbolts in the home environment as they can require a key to disengage polycarbonate vs. bars the lock from the inside which can be Bars have traditionally been used by a hazard in the event of a fire.) people seeking more security, yet bars have a number of drawbacks. They are unsightly-particularly for main country-style Doors floor use, have a harsh appearance Country-style doors such as those that and can block escape in the event of a are common at side entrances have large fire. People also tend to over estimate maximum effectiveness, the pin should fixed windows that are easily broken. the stopping power of bars which are be drilled at a downward angle. Pins The security of country style windows routinely defeated by burglars. This are available at hardware stores and can be greatly enhanced by installing is especially true for bars that are home improvement centres. a piece of polycarbonate around the installed with screws accessible from inside frame of the windows. the outside or windows that are located Double hung Windows away from view. Double hung windows can’t be forced Don’t aDD to Your A polycarbonate panel can be used as an open by applying pressure to the locks. problems alternative to bars. The polycarbonate The security of double hung windows Many problems can be minimized, by can be greatly improved by using pins panel is cut to the size of the frame of thinking security before you purchase. (see above) or adding a secondary the window and hinged on the inside If you are contemplating adding locking device. where a pair of throw bolts are added. landscaping in front of windows, The panels are clear like windows and consider low lying varieties that provide escape in the event of a fire. glass require little maintenance and hold Thieves typically break glass to little appeal to burglars. provide access to locks. Security If you are thinking about replacing other home securitY glazing should be used to protect windows and doors consider the Fact sheets glass within 40 inches of a lock. The following factors: glazing product can be polycarbonate • Crime Prevention Through (a rubberized, plastic panel) or a Environmental Design style laminated (film-like) security product Casement and awning style windows • Home Security Challenge that meets the following forced entry are, by their nature, generally more • Home Security – Doors, Frames & standards: secure than sliding or double hung Locks • Underwriter’s Laboratory of Canada windows of comparable quality. This • Home Security – Residential Standard S 332 (ULC S332) is due to their second lock and the Alarm Systems presence of a mechanism. • Underwriter’s Laboratory Standard • Mark Your Property 972 (UL 972) Solid doors are, by their nature, much • Residential Hi-Rise Security • American Society of Testing more secure than doors with windows. • Repeat Burglaries Materials F1233 Class II (ASTM Where a window is absolutely F1233 Class II) necessary, consider a small half moon window at the top of the door. Polycarbonate (NOT to be confused If you have any questions please with plexiglass) is readily available at Quality contact, Crime Prevention Services home improvement centres and is ideal Quality is also a factor when it comes at 905-453-3311 or ask for your for the do-it-yourselfer. Laminated to achieving security. Quality windows Community Liaison Officer.
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