It seems like summer 2014 has arrived in style, just in time for the world cup, but when the weather warms up most of us find it hard to sleep and keep cool at night. Many of us resort to leaving windows open at night but beware as Alexandra Locksmiths have been called to many properties in Muswell Hill, London N10 following break ins through windows that have been left open.
We advise our customers that all windows should be fitted with key operated locks. A pair of sash stops is the best way to secure this type of window. They prevent the windows being forced upwards and in the summer they can also be used to lock a sash window open for ventilation. These locks are visible from the outside they also act as a visual deterrent. You can also use dual screws but they are fiddly and not as effective as sash stops.
For wooden sliding sash windows bars, clasps and fasteners are not treated as locks.
We advise that all windows should be fitted with key operated locks even if they have been painted shut. There have been many burglaries in Wood Green N22 recently and the vast majority of burglars have accessed the properties via an open window. Insurance companies will normally specify that any window on a ground or lower ground level or that it accessible via a flat roof, tree, cast iron drainpipe etc should be fitted with adequate security measures.