How safe are skylights? After recent burglary trend in Tempe, an expert weighs in

TEMPE, AZ - Do skylights make your home more vulnerable to break-ins? After a string of recent Valley burglaries involving skylights, we talked to the experts to find out.

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Chip Marvin is the owner of Freelite , and has worked with skylights for nearly forty years. He was surprised by the recent trend.

“I’ve heard of one ten or twenty years ago, but I haven’t heard of any since then,” he said.

Marvin says there are a few ways to make your home safer if you have a skylight.

  • Install metal bars to protect the plastic or acrylic cover
  • Upgrade to double-paned glass (more energy efficient and more difficult to break)
  • Attach an alarm to the skylight to alert you if someone tried to open or break it.

In the most recent cases, the roofs of the houses were flat and low, which made it easier for the crooks to climb up and get inside.

“I personally think there are easier ways to get into a house,” said Marvin. “But I guess criminals are ingenious and come up with their own ways to get in.”

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