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One component that is often overlooked in security systems is burglar bars for windows.  But this might not be altogether bad—we’ll touch on why this is the case later.

Pictured above are burglar bars installed over a set of windows.

Burglar bars can be installed on any window from a picture window to a small basement window—in fact, a basement window is a common place for them, since it’s one of the easiest entry points for a thief.

Whether you install burglar bars in your basement window or not, it is a good idea to not have those windows under the cover of hedges or shrubs.  This provides cover that burglars can use when breaking into your cellar.

And it’s not just entry into your cellar that they use your shrubs for—it’s any first floor window.  While keeping them clear of cellar windows is a wise idea, keeping them trimmed low helps as well.

Back to the bars…they fall into the category of security devices that offer both physical protection as well as a visual deterrent.  Not only will thieves see the bars and likely move to the next house, they’ll realize they have quite a challenge on their hands if they still decide to forge on.

Regarding our comment in the opening of this blog post having to do with burglar bars being a good choice or not, a report published by the U.S. Fire Administration in February of 2002 highlights the inherent danger that they create for homeowners.

While the report indicates that the bars act as a deterrent, it also states that they “can also be dangerous, preventing residents and other occupants from escaping in the event of a fire and leading to fatalities”.

The report also states that about 25 people are injured or die each year in fires because they can’t escape due to “unauthorized” bars.

Also reported is that most building codes regulate their installation and use, and that “Generally, the codes and legislation require that burglar bars have some form of quick-release mechanism, enabling rapid escape in case of fire”.

And what about the hindrance firefighters face while trying to gain entry into a burning structure that has burglar bars?  This is obviously not the easiest obstacle to overcome.

All in all, the decision to install burglar bars needs to be given much consideration by the homeowner.  The U.S. Fire Administration’s report mentioned that the reason why people may opt for them is that they consider the fact that they’ll be burglarized more likely than they’ll be trapped by a fire.

Be sure to talk this subject over with your family and contact a security systems integrator if you choose, as well as local building code officials and fire authorities.

Thank you for spending some time with us today.

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