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Do Security Bars Really Work?

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Do Security Bars Really Work?

Security – it’s a necessity for any homeowner. You can’t feel at home in your house unless you truly feel safe there. There are a lot of different things you can do to make sure that your house stays locked up safe and sound. Some homeowners use security bars on their doors and windows for that extra level of security. You have no doubt seen these strong, metal bars on homes in or around your neighborhood, but do they work?


Let’s take a closer look at some of the different kinds of security bars available. Find out if they are effective, and whether they are the right security choice for you.

  1. 1. Traditional security bars

    Traditional security bars rely on low-tech brute strength to keep you safe. These bars can either fit over your doors and windows, or could be attached to them. They are usually made of steel, iron, or aluminum. They can be basic and nondescript or they can be beautiful and elaborate.

  2. 2. Alarmed security bars

    These bars trigger an alarm when they are removed or tampered with. These usually require a connection to an alarm system with a security company.

  3. 3. Bandit security bars

    This is a single bar that fits either vertically or horizontally over a window that slides to open. These are alarmed security bars, which means that they can sound an alarm when they are tampered with. These bars are removable and even when they are in place the homeowner can open and shut the window with ease.

  4. 4. Folding security bars

    Folding security bars are good for people who only want the extra security the bars provide part of the time. These are attached to the window or door frame and then can be pulled out for use and tucked away when you are done with them.

  5. 5. Removable security bars

    These bars swing open with ease whenever you need them to. They are especially good if you need to make a quick getaway from your home. They can be removed and then reattached with ease.

  6. 6. Get security bars installed with Redbeacon

    Why not partner up with a security professional to help you with your home security needs? That way, you can figure out what is best for you. Also, since some of these options require a connection to a home security system, you will probably need the services of a pro anyway. Redbeacon is a great way to find the pro you need at the cost you want. The site has teamed up with certified pros from all around the country so that they can ensure you only get the best of the best. Log on and tell them the services you require today!

  7. One important thing to remember about security bars is that when you are preventing one problem, you could be causing another. Make sure your security bars don’t become a hindrance to your family in the event of a dangerous fire. Newer security bar models come equipped with releases that you can use to remove them in case of emergency. If you have older-model bars that don’t have this option, The National Fire Protection Association suggests you get them retrofitted. That simple action could one day save your life.

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