Barring your windows may make you seel safer, but it's easy to forget that there are some risks involved. If you live in a neighborhood with a high crime rate, security bars will make windows difficult to access and can give you an increased feeling of security.
But there are a number of factors you should weigh before installing security bars. Before making any decisions, be sure to get a feel for the safety of your neighborhood before deciding to install security bars.
- Security bars are inexpensive when compared to a full home security system with monthly payments. There are a variety of security bars, some offering decorative styles, that can be installed for less than $300 per window. Effective bars will cut deeply into the window frame and feature non-removable screws.
- Bars produce a visible sign of security that can deter robbers. Taking the the bars off can take time, can be noisy and can make the robber, who wishes to remain hidden, more conspicuous.
- Those with bars on their windows may feel more secure and comfortable in their home.
- There are a number of safety issues associated with barring your windows. At least 25 people a year are injured or die in fires due to unauthorized bars or gates. Many install cheaper bars that are unsafe and prohibited by U.S. Fire Code. If you do install bars, you want to make sure that there is an unlocking mechanism that allows them to snap open quickly for escape, or that there are at least two other points in which to exit the room. Even these can make escape more difficult.
- Security bars may lower the value of your property and other properties in the neighborhood, because of their association with increased crime rates.
- Homeowners in neighborhoods with bars on their windows may feelmore isolated, as bars are unwelcoming.
- Bars can make it difficult for rescuers to enter the building and save victims. They can also pose problems for firefighters that have entered the building to save those at risk.
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When choosing security bars, make sure that they are legal and installed properly. If the crime rate in your neighborhood is high enough to make you nervous, security bars can help give you some peace of mind.