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Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 19:43:43

Is it even legal?

Live in a lovely house, in a nice enough street but burglaries are becoming more and more regular here...

Had the police over again today asking for CCTV footage.

I was thinking something like this?

MissTook Wed 27-Feb-19 22:08:44

From personal experience French shutters are flimsy and won't hold back a burglar.
Same with the metal roller blinds they have in Spain. A burglar can bend then with no problem.

LJS8987 Wed 27-Feb-19 22:05:03

@Doggydoggydoggy is there a theme in the area? I only ask because there have been lots of what they are calling 2 in 1 burglaries in my area where people are getting broken into (they are using blowtorches to get in through doors) and stealing high performance car keys then stealing the cars....the police have issued warnings to people with certain cars- everybody else is relatively ok...

Have you upgraded your locks? Add anything which will draw attention to your property if someone were to try and break in- I've added extra bolts to the back gate, had a really bright security light installed and one of my neighbours has started a neighbourhood watch

greenelephantscarf Wed 27-Feb-19 22:01:38

don't. unless you can easily open them from the inside in case you urgently need to get out.
maybe consider lockable tilt&turn windows.

TheInvestigator Wed 27-Feb-19 21:57:45

If you're getting the bars, just make sure you get them fitted with quick release foot pedals. Then there's no fire safety risk.

Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 21:56:42

And does shutters refer to these?

Or am I thinking of something else?

They are so pretty but they don’t seem very strong or secure to me?

Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 21:54:14

These shutters, are they easily removed/broken?

missmartini Wed 27-Feb-19 21:51:21

Anti snap locks are what we were recommended by police, apparently they're one of the best!

A burglar alarm is a good idea but just be careful with your house insurance. Where I am if you declare you have one then it has to be set every single time the house is locked/ secure if on the one time you go to bed and have guests so don't set it incase they set it off and something happens then your home insurance is void.

Lemonsquinky Wed 27-Feb-19 21:51:09

The only problem with burglar alarms is you have to have them on every time you leave the house otherwise some insurance companies don't pay out. Also where do your pets go.
I was burglared twice and bars would be tempting. But how do you get out if there's a fire. I wonder if you could get shutters like French houses?

LascellesMoustache Wed 27-Feb-19 21:35:41

What about a burgler alarm?

Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 21:24:42

Car jacks!

I suppose the cure for that would be to fit it in the inside, which in my opinion looks a great deal uglier!
Oh well.

Lighting and cameras yes, but what else can I do?

Already removed pretty much all hiding spots by removing hedging and keeping it all low and pruned and structured.

DH is planning on a low decked area (the driveway is uneven - can’t afford to get it levelled) and I would quite like to gravel the path so you can hear strangers approaching.
Although I suspect all the cats would crap in it and bits would get stuck in shoes and scratch my lovely wood floor. Maybe not.

Need to find an area for my green bins as a burglar could use them as a step up to the windows.

Bumbumtaloo Wed 27-Feb-19 21:01:36

Oh should have said my dads fit inside their windows.

randomchap Wed 27-Feb-19 21:01:21

Bars don't make the house completely secure. Burglars will use car jacks to pry them off the wall. Lighting and cameras are far better deterrents.

Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 20:55:33

I’ve just messaged a seller asking what, if any, safety features are in place in case of house fire.
Can the grill can be opened in an emergency?

I think if it cannot be easily opened then I don’t think I can do it as I would never forgive myself if any of my family died in fire.

I do feel very unsafe though and feel I have to do things, just not sure what.

Have CCTV already, going to get a security light and better window locks.

What else, if anything, can I do?

I want my house impenetrable from the outside

Bumbumtaloo Wed 27-Feb-19 20:54:43

My dad lives in Calgary and they have bars at their ground floor windows. I can’t remember off the top of my head but you do something to get them to release in the event of a fire. It scares me shitless when I’ve stayed there and I worry that I wouldn’t remember what to do if there was a fire.

GoGoGadgetGin Wed 27-Feb-19 20:50:50

up l remember it better (sadly) now- my cousin was in morano st village at the time, absolutely awful, and yes it frightens me too when ever lm in any basement rooms.

Doggydoggydoggy Wed 27-Feb-19 20:03:30

We have lots of CCTV, but that is about it with regards to security really.

No security light, maybe I should get one...

We started with lots of hedging in the garden but it was very dark and oppressive so ripped them all out and replaced with lots of nice flowers so there isn’t really anywhere for an intruder to hide.

That said, my DH has successfully ‘broken in’ when accidentally locked out so if they weren’t bothered about the cameras they would be able to gain access.

updownnconfused Wed 27-Feb-19 20:02:20

GoGo - the one I know of is Glasgow. I think of it any time I see the bars. Think they might be illegal in Glasgow now, but not sure.

Tawdrylocalbrouhaha Wed 27-Feb-19 20:01:06

I would absolutely hate to live behind bars. If I really didn't feel safe without them, I would move somewhere I did feel safe.

However if you really want them, you can certainly get bars fitted within a metal frame that can be opened like a door.

Rainbowshine Wed 27-Feb-19 20:00:37

You’d need to check if you needed building regulations approval and if you’re in a listed property or a conservation area you’d probably have to do something to get permission first. I think there’s other measures you could take that would be less obtrusive.

youmeandconchitawurst Wed 27-Feb-19 20:00:10

I once looked at an end terrace that had these on all the accessible windows at that back of the house. I didn't buy it specifically because if you have that much of a theft issue I don't want to live there.

If you're thinking of moving anyway remember that by having them you are telling your prospective buyers that your area isn't safe.

GoGoGadgetGin Wed 27-Feb-19 19:59:32

@updownnconfused was this Edinburgh? I remember this happening and the terror of gave me.

LascellesMoustache Wed 27-Feb-19 19:56:38

Think about the other houses in your street and how yours compares. If you have lighting, CCTV or other deterrants and the other houses dont then your house would be less appealing than the others to burgle. There are specialist companies that could come out and assess what you could improve on, perhaps ask them, or ask your home insurer for advice? What about an alarm? Your insurer probably has advice on their website or go to another insurers website. Its their business to know what works and what doesnt so really worth asking them or checking out thier websites.
Id be hesitant to put bars on windows due to fire and also looks ugly, plus then every time you see the bars you'll be thinking anxious thoughts about being burgled.

Dieu Wed 27-Feb-19 19:56:21

I would do it, OP. I'm in a basement flat in Edinburgh, and it is absolutely the norm here.

Purpleartichoke Wed 27-Feb-19 19:55:56

I lived in a house with bars in the windows. It was a tiny bungalow right on a busy urban street in an area with some known issues. I don’t think I would have felt safe renting the house without them. All the windows that opened had a kick panel below the window to open the bars.

easyandy101 Wed 27-Feb-19 19:55:54

And this is why I like living in a flat, don't like an abode with ground floor access, would 700% have bars if I had a house

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