Unfortunately, there is always a possibility of a break-in at your home. Statistics reveal that 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked window or door, and 23% of burglars enter a property through first-floor windows. Knowing this, it’s important to secure your windows to help prevent a break-in.

Reinforce your glass

Windows can last up to 20 years or longer when they are of high quality and are properly installed, depending on the material. Unfortunately, your windows won’t last long at all if a burglar breaks them to get into your home. Reinforcing the glass will help prevent this, though. There are a few methods for this. First, you can install a protective film that prevents shattering and lowers visibility into your home. Second, you can get security screens. They are similar to bug screens, but they are much stronger as they are usually made of steel. Finally, you can install smash-proof window glass. Unlike standard window panes that can be easily broken, shatterproof glass cannot be and adds much more security.

Get a window alarm

A home break-in happens every 3.7 seconds, according to Protect America. It’s important to know that a home with a security system is 33% less likely to be broken into than a home without a security system. As a part of your security system, you should install window alarms. This is a small monitor on each window that will alert the main system is the window is breached. You can also get cameras that are visible to anyone looking in your window to deter them from breaking in.

Plant thorny bushes

This may sound silly, but planting thorny bushes in front of your windows can actually help prevent an invasion. You want to avoid plants that are too tall and strong, though, because they will make it easier for burglars to hide and climb into your windows. Stick to plants like roses or cacti to make your windows inaccessible to intruders.

Inadequate windows are a burglar’s best friend because they allow them to get into your home with little effort. Make sure you reinforce your glass, get window alarms, and plant thorny bushes in front of your windows. These are relatively cheap and easy ways to protect your home, your materials, and your loved ones from traumatic damage.