How to Secure Windows

Different Window Types


December 16, 2020

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The simplest way to boost your home security is to start by securing your doors and windows. Doors are relatively straightforward and vary a lot less than the different types of windows you might have.

Door and window sensors detect when any door or window is opened and alert you to a potential break-in. At Brinks Home™, we recommend one sensor for every accessible door and window.

Here’s how to properly place window sensors to secure various windows throughout your home.

Single and double-hung windows

Single and double-hung windows have two operable sashes that slide vertically to open or close. Place one piece of your window sensor on the side pane connected to the frame of the window. Position the other portion of the sensor directly on the window’s inner frame. The sensors should line up so one magnetic strip is directly parallel to the other. That way, when the magnetic field breaks, a signal will sound to your alarm panel.

Awning windows

Awning windows have a hinge at the top and swing outward to open. They are usually opened and closed using a crank handle and are common in basements and bathrooms. Just like a double-hung window, an awning window requires you to place one sensor piece on the side pane connected to the frame and the other part of the sensor directly on the window’s inner frame. Since the awning window opens diagonally, make sure you position the sensor pieces so they separate when you crank the window open.

Casement windows

Casement windows swing outward to open. They are similar to awning windows, except they open from one side, like a book page. Secure this type of window with a sensor by following the steps of the awning window placement.

Horizontal slide windows

Horizontal slide windows are just like the single- or double-hung windows but turned sideways. Horizontal slide windows have large panels of glass without much support in between. Secure them with a window sensor on the side and inner panes. Consider adding a glass break sensor and a security bar in the track for extra protection.

Windows that don’t open

Some windows in your home may be either sealed shut or are not meant to open. In that case, use a glass break sensor for extra security. Glass break sensors use pattern recognition technology to detect the sound of breaking glass within a 20-foot radius.

This type of sensor also adds an extra layer of protection around easily accessible first-floor windows or glass doors that could be shattered to gain entry into your home.

Contact a Brinks Home Senior Security Consultant to find the best window door and window sensors for your home.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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