Tips & Advice
Can a burglar cut through security bars?
There are tools that can be used to cut through security bars or burglar bars. In fact, bolt cutters can cut through many of them--even the solid iron ones. Most burglars are not walking around equipped with such tools, but if you have a ground-floor house in a high-theft area, or that looks like it may have a lot of valuables, burglar bars should probably not be your only security.
Are security bars hazardous during a fire?
Yes, security bars (or burglar bars) are definitely hazardous during a fire. The permanent ones especially prevent people from getting out of the windows when the main exit is blocked. All security bars are a potential fire hazard, and should not be put over certain windows. Thoroughly research safety instructions and regulations before installing them at your residence or business.
Can security bars be installed as a DIY project?
Yes, security bars can be installed as a DIY project, especially the standard metal bars in a frame. This is the least expensive way to get burglar bars, but be very careful to first educate yourself on general safety measures, as well as laws in your area.
Are there different types of security bars?
The main types of security bars (AKA burglar bars) are permanent bars, removable bars, and swing-away hinged bars. Aesthetically, the different styles of bars are plain metal affixed in a frame, and embellished or custom-wrought grilles that are decorative as well as functional.
How much does it cost to install burglar bars?
It costs $500-$1,300 to install security bars for most buildings. DIY installation costs less, while buildings with picture windows or bay windows can cost more.
Security bars, also known as “burglar bars,” are sturdy metal bars in a frame secured over the outside surface of windows, and less frequently, doors, to safeguard from break-ins. You’ll often see them in inner cities, but suburbs as well, installed on business storefronts and residential windows at the ground level. The regulations and laws around them vary from state to state, as well as by county, city, and neighborhood, because they block the building exits that might be crucial for escape during a fire or other emergency.