Home Security Shutters: Three Surprising Facts

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While security shutters are not yet widely adopted by home security systems in the United States, they are increasing in popularity. A trend that started in Europe, these shutters can provide an additional layer of security to homeowners. Security shutters are sometimes referred to as rolling shutters, and they are retractable slats usually made of metal. Doors and windows with shutters act as a superior deterrent to burglars, who often take advantage of patio doors and windows for easy break-ins.

An estimated property value of 66.9 billion dollars was reported stolen in 2022, over 56 billion of which was never recovered. Some of the highest targets for theft include the following:

  • Cash: Cash is generally untraceable, lightweight, and easy to conceal. Cash left unsecured is a highly desirable target for thieves, accounting for over 13.6 billion dollars of theft in 2022.

  • Jewelry and precious metals: These are also targeted due to their being easy to carry and easy to pawn.

  • Electronics: Because there are so many electronics that are in such high demand, things like computers, cell phones, TVs, radios, game consoles, and sound systems are attractive to burglars.

  • Firearms: Handguns, rifles, and shotguns may be taken for resale or trade, but they may also be taken for personal use or to be used in other crimes. Over 174.8 million dollars worth of firearms were stolen in 2022.

  • Motor vehicles: While often stolen outside the home, motor vehicles stored in a garage may also be targeted, making the garage or your driveway areas which should be secure.

Burglars can sometimes maneuver security glazing and alarm systems put in place to enhance the security of your windows and doors. Below are three facts about why you should consider security shutters.

Home Security Shutters: 3 Facts to Surprise You

They Offer Record-Breaking Burglar-Proof Security

The typical burglar targets homes with inadequate security. However, properties with security shutters are harder to break into. Deploying security shutters discourages burglars from attempting to break into your home.

It is more difficult for an intruder to break your glass window or door when it is shielded by a security shutter. Security shutters have different levels of resistance, up to and including being bullet-proof.

Apart from deterring intruders, security shutters are highly reliable in preventing vandalism of windows. For most burglars, the action of theft involves breaking glass windows or a door to get a view of potential valuables before continuing with a burglary attempt. Security shutters are rigid and impenetrable. Burglars are not even able to touch your windows behind the shutter rollers.

Enjoy Unrivaled Fireproof/Temperature Regulation

Security shutters also serve as temperature regulation controls. External shutters provide shade to your home, keeping it cool when the temperatures are high. Additionally, security shutters are made of durable metal, making them fire-resistant, too. If an extreme burglar attempted a break-in by setting your door or windows on fire, they would have little to no success if you had security shutters installed.

What makes it possible for security shutters to withstand excessive heat, fires, and vandalism is their standardized quality when being manufactured. A security rating is issued for every type of shutter available in the market. Typically, home security shutters have a security rating of 1, which is designed for residential properties. These models are usually constructed of robust aluminum that may be layered with a foam filling to reinforce and insulate, and these are considered to be tamper-resistant.

Aesthetic Add-ons to Your Home Design

Some people feel that security shutters are ugly and not a good fit for homes. They dismiss shutters because of aesthetic concerns and trust that basic routines, such as locking doors and windows, will alone protect their homes. As shutters are part of a layered approach that shouldn’t be so easily dismissed, and when paired with a home security system that has professional monitoring, these measures can offer a powerful level of defense. Besides, not all security shutters are aesthetically unappealing.

Home security shutters come in distinct colors that you can easily choose between to match your home. This includes new color-striped shutters available on the market that are designed to match different tastes and styles of homes. Modern housing for these to retract has a minimalist approach with small pelmet boxes. While more aesthetically pleasing, these are made of sturdy material to keep your home appealing even when you choose to install them externally.

Pairing Security Shutters With a Professionally Monitored System

Security shutters can also cover the facilities outside your home, such as the garage. Security shutters should not be just an afterthought when it comes to security service providers. They are an effective complement to your home’s overall plan for security. Because these are meant to offer an extra layer of protection, they are even more effective when paired with door and window contact sensors that can detect if there are vulnerabilities or movement in protected areas. For a garage door, tilt sensors can also detect if the garage door has been opened.

If you are researching home security options, you should start with Brinks Home™. Although security shutters are not yet available, due to their still being fairly uncommon, you can get a customized home security solution unique for your home. We provide monitored home security systems that are far superior to popular, unmonitored standalone camera systems, which can be susceptible to burglars and vandals. Contact us today to speak with a Security Consultant who can find a system that best fits your lifestyle.

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