|The increasingly-bizarre case of Houstonian Theresa Roemer's burglary illustrates this very well. According to published reports, approximately $1 million worth of jewelry and consumer goods were stolen via the breakage of a window that, from looking at this photo, I estimate might have been worth about twenty bucks. |
Image courtesy of this Houston Chronicle piece.
- Most of them are fixed panes of glass and therefore they cannot be outfitted with alarm sensors designed for windows that can be opened.
- Most suburban homeowners with standard-configuration lower-end security systems do not have glass break sensors, motion detectors, or security cameras installed in or near their master baths. Those implements tend to be found in the main areas of the house such as in hallways, near entries, or in great rooms.
- Even if there is a glass break sensor nearby, it is possible to penetrate typical bathroom window sheet glass without setting it off.
- Most of these windows are single panes of glass and therefore easier to break through discretely than the coated double-paned energy-efficient windows typically found throughout the rest of the house.
- As well as being single panes of glass, many tract home master bath windows are inexpensive and thin, making glass removal even more straightforward.
- Many tract home master bath windows are also large and situated close to the ground, allowing for efficient personnel ingress or egress.
- Master baths are typically located on the side or rear of the house, so they can be accessed without burglars being seen from the street.
|Typical greater Houston tract home master bath configuration, screengrabbed from a real estate listing chosen at random. Behind those 2-inch blinds appears to be a thin sheet of plate glass. Many homes in our area are constructed similarly.|
|One of the easiest improvements is glass block. While not foolproof, block presents a much more stubborn structural deterrent to would-be burglars. Image screengrabbed from a real estate listing chosen a little less randomly.|
Thus sayeth the previously-burgled blogger who has no desire to go through that kind of recovery process ever again. Nothing is ever guaranteed, but an ugly window is a small price to pay for a bit of added protection, in my opinion.
|Too bad this analysis doesn't break it down by which first-floor window is most often used for entry.|
Screengrabbed from this Protect America info site. No endorsement intended or implied.