3 Reasons You Should Lock Your Windows when You Go Out September 16, 2014 No matter where you live throughout Toronto or what kind of home you live in, it is a good idea to develop a habit of locking your windows when you go out. Many homeowners get into a habit of leaving their windows open for fresh air, especially during the warmer spring and summer months. During the fall and winter, most of us tend to keep our windows closed unless there is an unseasonably warm day and we want to get fresh air moving through the house. During those spring and summer months, it is easy to become lax about protecting your home. Below are a couple of very good reasons why you should lock your windows whenever you go out, especially for an extended amount of time. Doors are usually locked. Most of the time you will go around your house and check to make sure the exterior doors are locked before you leave. If you live in a rural area, you may even leave your doors completely wide open. Crime is spreading out away from cities like Toronto and affecting many rural areas. That’s why it is a good habit to get into to lock your doors whenever you go out. Because you likely have a habit of checking the doors, a potential burglar is going to look for any open windows as their next point of entry. Screens offer little resistance. If your windows are open, there is usually a screen in place. A screen can be easily torn or cut in a matter of a second or less. This would permit somebody easy access into your home where they could then unlock an entry door to get out with whatever they want. Windows that are closed but are not locked don’t offer any security. Thieves who know what they’re doing will be able to tell if a window is locked or not just by the position of the clasp. If they spot a window unlocked but closed, it is as easy for them to get in as it would be to simply cut the screen at an open window. These are just three simple reasons why it you should lock your windows whenever you go out.