Window Security

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated July 3, 2020)

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Many times the best foundation for good window security isn't the alarms, electronics, or other high-tech doodads that people get now. Rather it is the locks and other items that are used to seal the window shut. While there are many different kinds that you can have, it often depends on the type of window that you have in your home. Here is some basic information about the various types of window security you could have.

  • Bolt lock. A bolt lock is very similar to what you will find on many doors. The reason for that is due to the fact that you often need to have a key to operate them. These types of window locks are usually only found on sliding casement windows.
  • Use a screw. A very simple way of preventing your window from opening too far is to use a screw. Just drive a screw into the window sill a few inches away from the pane of glass and it will stop the window from going any further.
  • Specialized locks. There are some specialized locks that some companies make for sliding windows. These are usually very similar in nature though, and simply slip over the window track. Turn a lever on the lock, and the window will not move. If you set the lock far enough back before you turn the lock, you can still open your window slightly.
  • Key track stop. A key track stop is a very simple device that can be placed anywhere along a window track. Turn the key until it won't move anymore and you have created an item that will stop your window from moving.
  • Locking pins. Most commonly found on double hung windows, a locking pin is a rather simple security device. It goes through one window sash into the other, and prevents anyone from lifting the sash.
  • Turnbuckle. A turnbuckle, particularly a keyed one, is very similar to the bolt lock for sliding casement windows. To open the window, you simply use a key to unlock the turnbuckle, and then you can lift the window open.
  • Ventilating locks. These types of locks screw into the side of the top sash of a window. When placed about an inch or so above the lower sash, and with the pin positioned properly, you can only move the window until it hits the pin. To open the window all the way, reposition the pin.

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2017-03-18 06:28:17

Bobby Fowler

Everyone should keep in mind that windows, especially in bedrooms, are a secondary means of emergency egress. If a locked window is the only way to get out were a fire to occur, the individual(s) in that room need to know how, and be capable of, gettting the window open. Also consider window escape ladders for upstairs bedrooms.