Hurricane shutters are a proven way to protect your home from even the worst hurricanes. They create a strong barrier and protect your glass windows from damage caused by powerful hurricane winds and flying debris. As an added benefit certain types of hurricane shutters can also help protect your unattended home by blocking access to your windows and doors. As such, one question we get a lot from customers is whether hurricane shutters are burglar proof.
The answer depends on the type of shutters you have installed on your windows and doors. It also depends on whether you have these products installed on all of your windows and doors. Having unsecured windows or doors will allow easier access, regardless if you have suitable shutters installed on some of your home’s other entry points.
Below we explore some options that are suitable for making your home more burglar proof.
Hurricane shutters suitable for burglar proofing your home
Some hurricane shutters are more burglar proof than others. For example, some types may work to slow burglars down, but they are not exactly thief proof. This is because they can be opened or removed easily. Some hurricane shutter types lack locking mechanisms.
In turn, some hurricane shutters are much more effective for burglar proofing your home than others.
For example, roll down shutters serve a dual purpose. They are designed to be hurricane shutters as well as security shutters. They are suitable for security for a few key reasons. First, rolling shutters are made from impact resistant materials. Second, their design allows them to completely block access to the windows and doors they are installed on. Third, they also have locks, which further add to their security performance. As such, roll up shutters are well suited for use as residential security shutters and to help keep burglars out.
Accordion shutters with locking mechanism
Another type of hurricane shutter suitable for security are accordion shutters with locks. Not all accordion shutters have locks, but they are usually an option when buying them specifically for this purpose. And opting for the locks is well-worth the cost.
Locked accordion shutters help to burglar proof your windows and doors for two reasons. First, they are made from impact resistant materials. Second, they block access to the windows and doors they are installed on. And because they are locked, it is tougher for burglars to get them open.
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