4 Essential Tips on How to Secure Ground Floor Windows

While windows allow fresh air and natural light into a home while improving its aesthetic appeal, they are a popular target for would-be intruders and burglars. Windows are the most vulnerable point in any home. Ground floor windows are especially a particular security concern for homeowners, but there are several ways to make windows more secure.

Imagine being awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of shattered glass, followed by the sight of a shadowy figure moving around your furniture. It’s not anyone’s idea of a good time, but it’s one of the more common security threats associated with unprotected ground-floor windows.


In this article, we’ll go over the specific methods you can use to protect these vulnerable areas, so keep reading to find out more.

1. Block the view using curtains and blinds

This step appears simple—so simple that it can’t possibly be helpful—but consider this: An open window allows a potential intruder to shop the home without even touching the door. If the window provides a complete, well-lit view into the space every day and evening, the criminal doesn’t even have to be overt about casing the joint; a casual walk past your house over a week or so will tell them everything they need to know.

They’ll know where everything is, which drawer you frequently leave ajar (so it’s probably where you keep your wallet and keys), how the electronics are set up, and what they can quickly grab. They’ll also be able to check out the vantage points and know where the spots they can’t see are, allowing them to hide if someone passes by.

Covering the windows does not have to imply avoiding sunlight and living in a cave. During the day, sheer curtains and turning off the indoor lights when no one is home will adequately screen the view. Blinds or a heavier curtain provide more security when the interior lights are turned on at night. Consider adding removable window privacy film if the area outside the window is particularly busy. This comes in various patterns and allows light while keeping prying eyes out.

2. Invest in bars and grills

This more traditional method entails installing window security bars, grills, or metal barriers onto the window frame, just behind or in front of the glass panes. The barrier is designed to make it difficult, if not impossible, for an intruder to access your home or office space. When intruders see bars or grills installed, they are less likely to break the glass. Otherwise, they would need special tools to cut the grill open, which would take more time and make more noise.

Before purchasing bars or grills, take the time to measure the window. The grills should be slightly larger than the window to be mounted appropriately. They should ideally be dense enough that you can’t put your hand completely through them for security reasons.

Furthermore, grills aren’t just for keeping intruders out. In some cases, overly adventurous children seek youthful thrills through windows. By adding grills to your replacement windows, you can ensure their safety. Of course, window grilles and other features are not a replacement for real home security systems and adult supervision of children.

3. Add window glass film

Another relatively inexpensive way to improve window security is to install window glass film, which ensures that no one, not even an intruder, can see inside the home or office. Furthermore, some window glass films are designed to reinforce window glass and, like tempered glass, make it shatter-resistant and more difficult for burglars to break. Window security films come in a variety of styles, including reflective and colourful options.

Installing the film does not guarantee that intruders will not attempt to break in. However, because breaking the glass will take more time and effort, burglars may give up and move on to their next target.

Additionally, direct sunlight can cause glare problems in your home or building. It is difficult to work or even relax as a result. Window films, like sunglasses, can reduce the amount of light passing through your windows. Window film installation is simple and causes little disruption to your daily routine. Furthermore, most window film manufacturers provide extensive warranties on their products, making window film a safe investment.

4. Hide valuables away from windows

Setting down keys, wallets, purses, and backpacks just inside the door seems logical—placing important and valuable items near the exit means less scrambling when it’s time to leave. It also means that an opportunistic thief can easily push the door in, grab valuables, and flee before you realise anything has happened.

Leaving valuables near windows is an open invitation to smash the window and take whatever is within reach. It’s not necessary to hide everything valuable in the house, but tucking keys and wallets out of sight in a drawer that’s still accessible can reduce the likelihood of theft without sacrificing convenience.

Important documents, such as passports, insurance documents, banking records, jewellery, and cash should be kept in a safe in any home.


We can identify two different tactics from the gathered DIY window security tips:

  • Reinforcing the window (bars, grills, and window film)
  • Potential burglars are discouraged from attempting to break in (hiding valuables and darkening the home)

Using all of these tactics will ensure maximum security. Implementing one method from each tactic will make it challenging for any intruder who tries to break in through your ground-floor windows as they will be met with a serious obstacle every step of the way.



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