Christmas is fast approaching, and that means that a lot of people across the UK will be leaving their homes unattended as they flock to see friends and family. It’s a wonderful time of year, but also a very popular time for thieves and burglars to prowl neighbourhoods and many of us will have those niggling doubts as start off on our travels. One of the most common ways for thieves to make their way into your home is through unsecured windows – often they’re one of the last things people think about when they leave, ensuring the doors are locked and the windows are merely closed. Of course, there are burglar deterrents which we should all adopt, from alarms and light timers to what you do with your curtains. Some may be lucky enough to have neighbours who’ll keep a watchful eye but this isn’t an option for everyone.
If you’re in the fortunate position of being able to make some home improvements, perhaps by installing new windows and doors, then make security one of your primary concerns. Security is just as important as energy efficiency and aesthetic when it comes to affecting house prices, but for many it’s just an afterthought. Wood sash windows are an excellent choice when it comes to securing your home. Sure, they can be opened wide, but they are also the easiest to lock and secure and if they’re triple glazed it’s enough to turn any burglar off. Locks on sash windows are often comprised of a latch that sits on the inside of the frame, which reinforces itself as it overlaps. Not only are these incredibly difficult to reach and tamper with, they’re so easy to lock before you leave the house even for a short while. No more fumbling around for those tiny little keys to lock up the windows!
What’s more, wood sash windows usually lock themselves as you close them, with a catch or latch sliding neatly into place. So even if your mind is elsewhere and security isn’t your primary concern, they’ll nearly always have you covered. So before you depart for the holiday season, make sure you check your property for vulnerabilities and lock all of those windows and doors, and next time you’re considering home improvements make sure security is near the top of your list of priorities – there’s more to your windows than a nice view.