Different types of physical security suit different needs, risks and requirements. There is a whole range of window bars, window mesh, domestic roller shutters, commercial roller shutters, and retractable window grilles to choose from.
The traditional theory about security is that it must be installed externally usually in the form of window bars or window mesh. When a property is attacked by a burglar then this usually takes the form of jemmying or breaking a window. If that window is protected by an externally installed window grille then that vulnerable opening has been adequately secured. This is true; however there are sometimes exceptions to the rule.
Claire Butler, Commercial Manager at Windows Security Solutions said: “There are always exceptions to the rule and this all depends on the type of security being used, how well it has been installed and what the substrate (building?) is made from. The domestic roller shutters that are available today invariably are installed on the outside of the building, but what makes them different to the traditional wrought iron window bars is in the level of continuous product development and improvement made to them. Modern roller shutters are manufactured to a very high specification and even carry insurance approval on the higher specification models”.
Claire continued: “If roller shutters are installed correctly either internally or externally then they present the burglar with a formidable physical barrier. They also offer the added advantage that they cannot be seen through so the burglar is always taking a risk attempting to break through them to discover that nothing is worth stealing.
Installing the security on the inside of the opening is often received by our customer with some level of surprise and intrigue, especially if it is a home security issue. This can be fully understood as in most people’s understanding security means heavy duty black iron bars fixed to the window frame. Once we have explained the merits of having the security installed internally and demonstrated the various products that are available, customers are always pleasantly surprised”.
Roller shutters can be installed both externally and internally and in fact they can even be built-in to the cavity of the opening to be totally hidden. But the ideal product for an internal installation is the retractable grille. This product fits in perfectly with both home security and business security alike.
Retractable grilles can be opened and closed effortlessly as they run in a top and bottom track, they have very little visual impact to the property owner but are still very recognizable to a burglar when they see they have been installed. Using roller shutters or retractable grilles over windows is only part of the solution to giving your property a total security solution. It is important to look at property entrance doors, both front and rear, and fire doors or emergency escape doors.
Taking into consideration the various vulnerable areas of your property you should be able to create a risk assessment of what is needed and where. Using a combination of the wide range of physical security products that are on offer along with advice from a window security company, you will be able to create a high degree of protection whether the security is installed internally or externally.