How secure are your windows? Even if you lock them, a burglar could break the glass or even lift the windows out of their tracks while secured. So, how do you keep your home and personal belongings safe?

How do you rest easy on those warm summer nights when you’d like to leave the windows open for a little breeze?

Tips to burglar proofing your windows

Perimeter sensors. Speak to your commercial and residential security company about installing these sensors. If you want to be able to open your windows without disabling your home security system, your provider can install specialized sensors in the screens.

Install lights. A burglar who is choosing which house to target will more likely go with the one that is dark and easy to break into while they are hidden behind overgrown bushes. To combat this, use floodlights. You can set them on an automated timer to go on at dark, adjusting that time according to season, and this simple fix will help protect your home—even when you’re not there.

Install motion-activated lights. Another option is the motion detected lighting. Here, the lights will automatically go on—startling, and hopefully deterring a burglar.

Opt for reinforced glass. An intruder won’t be able to shatter or easily break tempered glass or even plexiglass. Make it difficult on them. Choose impact-resistant options.

Choose Casement windows. Casement windows hinge at the top, side, or bottom. They also swing. If the handles don’t have locks, you may replace them with ones that do. Always be sure the key is accessible to you and your family members in the case of an emergency.