How to stop someone from smashing in your apartment window

How to stop someone from smashing in your apartment window

How to stop someone from smashing in your apartment window

With home invasions, rapes, murders, natural disasters, burglaries, thefts, and vandalism becoming more prevalent around the country, now is the time to upgrade your apartment’s physical security and stop someone from smashing in the window of your apartment tonight.

An FBI crime report states that over 2.5 million US households will have some form of home invasion this year – that’s 1 every 15 seconds.

If you thought you were safer because you are in an apartment; according to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), apartments and condos are 85 percent more likely to be burglarized than single-family homes.


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Make your apartment as intruder proof as possible without a complete renovation; the total cost will be approximately $25.00 – $50.00 per window (unless you go with riot glass). Peace of mind for less than $500 is an investment worth making.


Below are the things you can DIY today to ensure someone doesn’t break in your apartment tonight.

  • Add or change the window locks (remember to lock your windows).
  • Install window security bars or grills.
  • Use plywood sheets to cover up vulnerable windows.
  • Add riot glass – at $25-$35 per square foot it is a very expensive.
  • Add security screens to the outside of windows and doors.
  • Install window security film on both sides of exterior-facing windows.

If an intruder makes it past all of these, you need to respond with the force necessary to eliminate the threat. Top Ten Self Defense Gun Articles


Window Security Film

BDF S8MC Window Film Security and Safety Clear had the second best impact resistance of the film we researched. At 8-mils it still provides very good protection against home invasions and it is also less expensive than the strongest film security product we researched.

VViViD 12 Mil Clear Vinyl Shatterproof Safety Window Film had the best impact resistance of the film we researched. At 12 mils it provides excellent protection against home invasions but it is slightly more expensive than the BDF S8MC. This thickness is also good at preventing damage caused by flying debris during a windstorm.


NOTE: No security is fail-proof but you can maximize your protection with a layered security plan.


We suggest that if you feel unsafe in your rental, talk to your landlord about what they are willing to do or what you are allowed to do. If their answer is unsatisfactory, it may be time to consider moving.

Don’t delay because the amount of time it takes for the police to arrive at your apartment you and your family members could become just another statistic.

Considering all physical security situations are not the same, our aim with this article was to give you the best available information to stop someone from breaking into your apartment. If you are on the first, second, or third floor you will need to consider your windows as well.


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How to stop someone from smashing in your apartment window

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