When you think about protecting your home, what comes to mind? Securing your front door, back door and first floor windows are things most people would consider first. But what about your basement windows? Given their obscurity and low-to-the ground nature, basement windows can be an enticing way for intruders to enter your home. Here are some tips on how to secure your basement windows.
Improve Basement Window Visibility
Many people think keeping their basement windows hidden can make them less of an entry point for burglars, but the opposite is true. Shrubs, bushes and other foliage around your basement windows can provide the perfect hiding place for would-be intruders. Keep your basement windows free of obscurity by trimming back plants and greenery around these areas.
Keep the Area Well-Lit
Intruders use the cover of darkness to their advantage. Combat this by keeping the area around your basement windows well-lit with motion-triggered lights or smart lights that are set to turn on/off on a schedule.
Move Furniture Away from Windows
You’re probably already keeping valuables out of sight, but it’s important to keep furniture away from your basement windows as well. A soft couch placed near the window makes a perfect landing spot for a burglar to drop in safely…and the last thing you want to do is make it comfortable for an intruder entering your home.
Install Security Bars or Shatterproof Glass Film
Security bars are a great way to deter intruders by displaying a visible barrier to entry. If you’re not a fan of security bars, consider shatterproof security film for basement window protection.
Make Sure Locks Work Properly
It seems obvious, but make sure your window locks are strong and working properly. For added peace of mind, install window sensors that alert you when a window is opened or left open.