Burglar bars can add value to your home

2015-04-30 14:27

WITH our high crime rate, burglar bars are a necessity for all of us living in South Africa today. They have evolved from ugly additions to windows, to an attractive feature of the home that can actually add to its value.

When considering what burglar bars to install, always think of two main points. First of all, the burglar bars must look good and strong, as well as being practical for cleaning purposes. Secondly, the burglar bars need to sufficiently secure your home.

To do this, they will need to be correctly installed and have small enough gaps so that nobody, not even children can fit through them. It must also be difficult for any thieves to get your goods out of the house, and as such, the gaps must be small enough to prevent items being passed through the gates.

For resale value, one has to bear in mind that a house that looks like a birdcage or prison will be unattractive and create suspicion in the prospective buyers about the safety of the area. As such, you will need to secure the house in such a way that it is robber-proof and at the same time, is pleasing to the eye.

Burglar bars can be divided into two main categories – namely fixed and expandable:

- Fixed burglar bars are usually made from square or round bars and are available in all sizes to fit standard windows. Fixed burglar bars are permanently installed in place to secure the window or opening over which they are installed. Some burglar bars are made to be screwed into the window frames or bolted into the wall surrounding the windows. The bars that are screwed into the window frames are easy to rip off and as such offer no real protection to the home at all. The bars that are bolted into the wall can also be tampered with and need to have the bolts welded so they are non-removable. The big negative to these permanent burglar bars is that in the event of a fire, the occupants of the house will not be able to escape via the windows.

- The expandable and retractable trellis-type security gates can also be used for window burglar proofing. The wonderful thing about these burglar guards is that they can be fully opened and even installed in such a way that when retracted they disappear into the wall on either side of the window.

You will now have a completely unobstructed view out the window. Most of these come with slam-shut locks so they can be slammed closed and they lock automatically. These kinds of burglar bars are very good in the case of fires, as they can be opened to allow people to escape. In this case, the home will look burglar bar-free.

In order to secure your property and keep it looking good, you need to get the burglar bars to blend in with the theme of the home they are protecting. The more the bars blend in with the overall look of the house, the less obvious they will be. A good example of this, are burglar bars that follow the same frames as cottage pane windows and are therefore unnoticeable. However, the standard cottage pane widow still leaves just enough space for a small child to climb through. One way around this is to use 30mm or 40mm flat bar instead of 20mm flat bar for the burglar bars. This will reduce the size of the opening enough to keep out the robbers, without making the burglar proofing too obvious. You will be safer, the burglar bars will be stronger and the intruders will not be able to get in.

As far as gates go, it is wise to get automated gates to prevent the homeowner from being attacked when getting out of the car to open the gate.

Once again, it is advisable to buy and install gates that complement the architectural style of the home, and since they are the first thing people see when visiting your home, they should be attractive and for adequate security, they must be difficult to climb.

If the style is such that the gate is full of foot holds, then it is advisable to include razor spikes on top of the gate to help prevent anyone from climbing over. Also ensure that the area around the property gate is well lit and kept free from too many bushes, as criminals could use these to hide behind.

– Property24

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