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Old 03-26-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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I'm not sure that I would mind the bars. We are all on one floor, and I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the windows open at night. We have a swamp cooler, too!
Penelope - A lot of windows here open sideways. If you have one of those, have a piece of wood cut at Lowe's/Home Depot, that only allows the window to open maybe 4 in.

You can also buy a 3-pack of window alarms there. It's a 2-piece alarm, and when the pieces come apart, it lets out a 90 dB tone. What I do is mount the pieces together in the 4 in. "open" position.

No one can climb through a 4 in. gap, but if they manage to open the window anyway, you have the alarm as backup.

Another idea would be to let the cooler air exit through an open flue in the chimney, if you have one.

p.s. Btw, you will want to run the fan overnight in June - trust me!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:50 AM
 
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Default Bars on windows - why?

We will be retiring to Albuquerque next year. We are super excited to be moving to the Southwest from Ohio. Upon looking at homes throughout the city we noticed a lot of homes have bars on the windows. Is this due to crime? Or, is this a fad?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:32 AM
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Mostly left-overs from a fad in the 1960-70's before burglar alarms were common on homes. Aside from that, decretive wrought iron work was very popular in NM for a while.

They do offer some security in really bad older neighborhoods, but you dont see them much in the newer developments built since the late 80's.


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Old 09-21-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Bernalillo, NM
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See What is it about Río Rancho? for a discussion on this topic.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Old Town
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Mostly left-overs from a fad in the 1960-70's before burglar alarms were common on homes. Aside from that, decretive wrought iron work was very popular in NM for a while.

They do offer some security in really bad older neighborhoods, but you dont see them much in the newer developments built since the late 80's.
Agree with this.

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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So you can see what you are drinking?
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Nuevo México
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The longer a house has been standing, the more time its various owners have had to put their "added touches" on them, like bars or anything else. I've seen plenty of newer homes with bars though, while my older 1950's house doesn't have them.

It just takes one break-in for owners to decide "Lets put up some bars."
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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It just takes one break-in for owners to decide "Lets put up some bars."
Usually it's a break-in at the house down the street or further away.

Bars are typically a triumph of the homeowner's fears and ignorance over reality- the last thing a burglar is going to do is go in through your closed windows facing the street- breaking glass makes too much noise and takes too long.

Spending 1/10 as much on better locks and door hardware as those bars cost will make your house far less worth breaking into than the one next door with the bars. This is especially true with side and back doors, which burglars prefer.

I'd even go so far as to take the bars down if I otherwise liked the house and neighborhood. Shelling out six figures to feel like I'm living in a prison doesn't make any sense to me.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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For some reason I have noticed several houses in the UNM/Nob Hill area having their bars removed all within a coupe of weeks of each other.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Bars are tacky. We lived in Albuquerque from 2001 to 2006 on the NW side. A few neighbors had bars and others had an alarm system. We had an alarm. We had more false alarms and never any trouble in the neighborhood. So, thinking back... I wonder if it was worth the hassle. Anyway... I saw bars installed on a house that was near ours. I was shocked when the even installed bars in the skylight. The skylight... seriously?
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