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Old 04-17-09, 07:15 AM   #1
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Window Safety Devices

In year's past, my wife and I have always been nervous about leaving the windows open on our house when we aren't there or overnight because people in our area love break into houses via open windows.

I know there are safety devices out there so you can keep windows open and not have to worry about people getting into your house, but after I started looking for them, I realized I am not sure what I am getting into. I also know that some people simply stick nails in their windows, but I am not sure what that means exactly, either.

How do they work? Are there any recommendations? Anything I should be looking for?
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do you want one to keep people in or keep people out?

basically it disallows windows to open to the full range they would other wise be allowed to open to and they usually open up like slats.
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Old 04-17-09, 07:34 AM   #3
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I want to keep people OUT so if we are away for the day or sleeping overnight, we can feel comfortable leaving the windows open as we have no A/C and it gets stuffy with the windows closed. (I know anything we do would just be a deterrent, but you get the idea.)
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Old 04-17-09, 07:36 AM   #4
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Dog....train it and feed it.
Someone tries to come in while you aren't there, you won't have to feed it that night.
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Old 04-17-09, 07:46 AM   #5
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well, what kind of windows do you have right now?

sliding windows can be nailed (actually a screw is better) to limit how far they open.
hinged windows can't, at least I don't think you can.
friction hinge windows can restrict how far they open because it's on a sliding rail like sliding windows.
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They are the old type where they slide up and have ropes and weights in the frame. The same types of windows that stick closed sometimes or the weights fall off so you have to prop them up with a stick--those windows.

Sounds like a good screw would be all I need? I mean for the windows, ya... great, I made my own window thread pervered in 6 posts. Crap.
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Shadiyas rule does seem to fit all of foo's threads
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Big ole pricker bushes below the windows is one idea that I've read about. Barberry's are a ton-o-fun to wade through ... (grrrr had to clean out a downspout from a house last weekend, and I still bear the thorny evidence)
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ah, those clunky windows...

safety windows would require you replace those windows entirely.

I would just drive a screw into the window frame to keep the window open.
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What about something that will allow us to open the window all the way when we are home, but then we can flip a switch or something to limit the travel of the window at night or while we are gone? That is my wife's concern, after talking with her about it.
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overhaul windows.

you need something like this: http://www.elephantwindows.co.uk/security_windows.asp
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alternatively, hire this guy to setup a contraption to subdue and detain would be intruders:

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Ghetto guards. Used to have them on a craphole place I lived in. Open your windows as wide as you want, nobody's getting in w/o a cutting torch.

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I would use a wooden pole (e.g. a broom handle) instead of a screw. It's a bit stronger and you can quickly remove it when you want to open the window all the way up. Since you have vertical sliding windows, you'll need some kind of hook to keep the pole in place.
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And, of course, a closed, locked window is perfectly safe...nobody could possibly break the glass...could they????
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And, of course, a closed, locked window is perfectly safe...nobody could possibly break the glass...could they????
there's safety glass for that
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i use a combination of symantec antivrus and web root spysweeper.

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I would use a wooden pole (e.g. a broom handle) instead of a screw. It's a bit stronger and you can quickly remove it when you want to open the window all the way up. Since you have vertical sliding windows, you'll need some kind of hook to keep the pole in place.
+1, except use lawn sprinkler pipe (White PVC, "Schedule 40"). Its cheaper, easy to cut to length with just about any saw, and is tough to break. I use pieces to restrict how far my sliding winodws can open.
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Ghetto guards. Used to have them on a craphole place I lived in. Open your windows as wide as you want, nobody's getting in w/o a cutting torch.

If you go for burglar bars, make sure to get the type that is openable from the inside without a key if at all possible, else your home might become your funeral pyre.

Other than that, I'd probably go with a wooden dowel wedged in the window, a drilled screw, or similar. I have seen something called a "Charlie Bar" for sliding doors and windows which is a fixed metal bar that swings into place, and can be adjusted to keep the window completely locked, or shortened an inch or two to allow ventilation.
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Dog....train it and feed it.
Someone tries to come in while you aren't there, you won't have to feed it that night.
On a serious note, this almost never works, unless the dog is likely to devour your friend/kid.
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It's a matter of training. But yeah, in most cases, a guard-dog is NOT a pet.
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