How and When to Remove Burglar Bars

A Quick Guide

BY LINLEY STRINGER

December 24, 2020

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Burglar bars can be an extra option when it comes to reinforcing and protecting your front door. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of burglar bars, and when to remove them should the need arise.

Pros and Cons

Older burglar bars, not installed with an inside quick release mechanism, can be just as adept at keeping residents in as they are at keeping criminals out. Still, they are a reasonable security measure which, when modernized with safety latches for letting residents out, are excellent for deterring intruders.

To Bar or Not To Bar

If you still have older burglar bars on your home, but like the protection they provide, you should strongly consider upgrading to newer bars, which have quick-release safety latches. These added functions are vital for protecting residents from being trapped inside their own homes.

Additionally, you may want to consider removing burglar bars if:

  • Children or elderly relatives live in the house. These two groups can have difficulty operating the quick latch mechanisms and may become confused about alternative exits in moments of crisis or panic.

  • You have bars on a second story or above. Firemen will have difficulty prying open security bars on a non-ground floor.

  • Your home is in a flood zone or an area prone to wildfires. Although security is important, always consider all the potential problems which may arise and how such security devices would operate, especially under adverse conditions.

It is advisable to consider removing or upgrading burglar bars whenever these or other relatable scenarios are in play.

For complete security solutions that keep you and your family safe, call Brinks Home™ for information about building the perfect home security system for you.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter for Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.

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