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Old 18.06.2021, 10:57
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Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

We might be buying a ground floor apartment very soon. Something occurred to me recently and I'm not used to this at all !! We would never be able to sleep with the windows (fully) open (thievery) !!!
How do you fellows manage? Is there another way out? I'm very accustomed to sleeping with all windows fully open, on all sides of the apartment, at night !! (We have mosquito screens on these windows). This apartment ticks all other boxes !!



We've lived (and rented) in Switzerland since 12 years and have never been on the ground floor. Back in India, we had window grills, which is ofcourse a fire safety hazard here !!


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Old 18.06.2021, 11:01
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

I'm on the 0.5 floor, as in I can climb onto my balcony from outside easily.
The rear of the apartment is closer to the ground again, the landlord installed iron grills on the back balcony due to a break in years ago.

As far as windows go, I have them open on a slant most of the time. I don't know what's this called properly, when you rotate the handle 180 degrees and pull the top out a bit.
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Old 18.06.2021, 11:03
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

Put bars on the windows.

Problem solved.

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Put bars on the windows.

Problem solved.

Tom
Or prevent the windows from opening more than say 10cm. Bars may make it seem like you are living in a prison.
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

Install an alarm system,
Install bright Security lights,
Install a video surveillance system, with appropriate warning signs.


... or just install the signs. You donít actually need to be secure, just more secure than your neighbours.
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Old 18.06.2021, 11:14
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Or prevent the windows from opening more than say 10cm. Bars may make it seem like you are living in a prison.
We have bars on the windows at the rustico, with 1cm2 mesh attached to those to keep out the vermin.

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Old 18.06.2021, 11:21
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Or prevent the windows from opening more than say 10cm. Bars may make it seem like you are living in a prison.
depends, some bars can be very pretty. As on typical Spanish houses for example.
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Old 18.06.2021, 11:32
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We've lived (and rented) in Switzerland since 12 years and have never been on the ground floor. Back in India, we had window grills, which is of course a fire safety hazard here !!
It is not a fire safety hazard here, in fact they are quite common.

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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

It's an easy problem to solve, put the blinds on the outside down, tilt them slightly, open your window, sleep.

We have 2m tall windows on 2 sides and we're accessible from the ground on one. Windows tilted or wide open is OK.

If you're worried, get a dog. Dogs are cool anyway.
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

I am living alone in ground-floor apartment. During summer I have normally open windows over the night, both in bedroom and kitchen, with only curtains to protect me
In the nine years since I am living here, there was never a problem.
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

Well John McClane, if your reputation canít keep the baddies outÖ

Anyway, is it a new-built you are buying? If so, get talking to the developers ASAP and talk about your options. Make sure the windows have a higher level security than standard (would be very hard to break open without making a big noise, but still breakable in case of emergency like fires)

My ground floor apartment was broken into once about 15 years ago so we had the police consultant giving some advice and since then never had a problem.

The most important thing is to never advertise that you are not at home. Ground floor break ins are opportunistic. People who break into upper floors really go through a lot of trouble to break in, but for you, itís the sight of an open window and a dark apartment that attracts thieves. For this reason an alarm system is overkill, better to focus more on discouraging a break-in to begin with.

So auto lights at home, motion triggered spot lamps outside, leave the radio on the whole day, etc.

Our neighbours constantly leave their blinds down when they are away and some of them have had more than 1 break ins. We have never had a break in since we leave our blinds up and lights on, etc. etc.

Slant opened windows but look for the strengthened type or someone to install a bar that would block it from being opened further.
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Old 18.06.2021, 12:09
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

Any problem with pets?

From my 2nd floor balcony I just laugh at how cats and dogs consider ground floor balconies as their own.
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

You can also get a device, at interdiscount etc., that mimics lights from TVs.
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Security locks on window handles!
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Re: Do you live on a Ground Floor apartment?

Do the windows tilt?

We found our ground floor apartment was cool enough with the windows tilted rather than fully open, and the external blinds down.

In theory you could probably jimmy the catch to open the window fully, the same as you can in theory lift up the blinds and climb in, but doing both without waking you and all the neighbours would be a good trick.
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How does that help if the window is open
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The most important thing is to never advertise that you are not at home. Ground floor break ins are opportunistic. People who break into upper floors really go through a lot of trouble to break in, but for you, it’s the sight of an open window and a dark apartment that attracts thieves. For this reason an alarm system is overkill, better to focus more on discouraging a break-in to begin with.
How about setting up a system that plays sounds of people screaming and being tortured at random hours
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How does that help if the window is open

Still good advice to check that out though
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How does that help if the window is open
It also locks the handle on a tilted window.
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How about setting up a system that plays sounds of people screaming and being tortured at random hours
This will just attract Austrians and Belgians. They will not steal anything, but they will try to populate the cellar.
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