Security Lynx door and window screens can improve the security of your home or business

Last year, more than 42,000 incidents of burglary and/or burglary occurred in Washington state. Half of those offenses were residential, while another 33% took place in a business.

While there are many ways to improve the safety and security of your home or business, there is one that is relatively new to Whatcom County residents: reinforced door and window security screens.

These screens are now available through Bellingham company Security Lynx, an official dealer of Crimsafe – an old Australian company that makes the criminal-blocking screens and has expanded to the United States.

Ron Faber, a Lynden resident and longtime Whatcom County contractor, became an Authorized Crimsafe Dealer in 2021, serving Washington and British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Security Lynx

Security Lynx was founded in early 2021 by Ron Faber, a Lynden resident and local contractor with decades of experience in remodeling. His search for Crimsafe products started when a customer wanted a safe patio for his home.

Faber started exploring the possibilities and came across Crimsafe. He persuaded the company to do the job, after which he was asked to become a Crimsafe dealer for Washington – a dealership that would be ideally located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Despite already having a full-time job, Faber said yes because he was pleased with the quality of Crimsafe’s products, both aesthetically and in terms of safety.

Crimsafe screen doors have tightly woven steel mesh screens that are nearly impossible to break or break and have three locking points. Photo courtesy of Security Lynx

“It’s a great product,” he says. “We put in a window or a door and homeowners will say, ‘Wow, that doesn’t even look like a security product; it looks like a normal screen.’”

Built to withstand

Crimsafe screens are made of a tightly woven, stainless steel mesh that can withstand significant impact and breakage attempts. The mesh is screwed firmly into the frames and then clamped with a patented clamping system.

An intruder cannot cut the mesh with a knife, nor can an intruder smash it with a hammer or a strong kick. It’s nearly impossible to get through without a criminal resorting to extreme methods that are easily noticeable to anyone around.

At a recent home show in Seattle, Security Lynx invited hundreds of people to hit a 3-by-4-foot screen with a baseball bat. Over the course of nine days, the mesh never broke, it just bent about an inch or so.

And unlike alarm systems, which turn off while you’re at home, Crimsafe screens provide 24-7 protection to a home or business, even when you’re indoors.

“You can literally leave your front door open and just lock this screen door, and that screen door is five times stronger than your front door,” says Faber. “I get texts all the time from people saying, ‘Man, we slept last night with the front door open and the patio door open. We’ve never felt safer.’”

Security Lynx doors and windows can be matched to a variety of design styles, including French doors. Photo courtesy of Security Lynx

Crimsafe screen doors have three locking points, so when someone locks their door, additional locks are activated at the top and bottom of the door.

“You can’t put a crowbar in it and pry the corner of the door out,” Faber says.

The company also makes emergency exit window screens, called Safe-S-Capes, that allow them to be opened from the inside in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires a window escape.

All Crimsafe products are backed by a 10-year warranty, and Faber says he and homeowners alike are often impressed with how good the screens look despite their security purpose.

“Who wants bars on their doors or windows?” he says. ‘Your neighbors don’t want to look at that, do they? Because that’s a dead giveaway that, ‘Oh, this is a shady neighborhood.’”

Security Lynx sells, installs and manufactures Crimsafe security screens for windows and doors, providing vastly improved security to a home or business. Photo courtesy of Security Lynx

The security doors and windows can be matched to many architectural styles and are available in three main colours: white, beige and antique bronze. The mesh is also pet and mosquito resistant and will not impede the view from the inside in normal lighting conditions.

From windows, front doors, sliders or patio covers, Security Lynx can provide a customer with everything they need to enhance their home.

Protecting local businesses

Faber says Security Lynx will see its business grow as more people discover the durability of Crimsafe security screens.

The company has done installations from Seattle to Spokane and now manufactures the screens itself from a new Bellingham store. This has significantly shortened the lead time of installations.

Commercial applications for Crimsafe products are also on the rise, saving companies time, money and headaches.

In Tacoma, Faber says a Mexican restaurant has endured five break-ins in the span of several months. Concerned about their insurance rates skyrocketing due to the repeated crimes, the restaurant paid for the repairs out of pocket — costing up to $17,000 per incident.

After installing Crimsafe windows by Security Lynx, an intruder returned one night. As captured on their security camera, the man tried to punch through the screen before giving up and running away.

Security Lynx’s installation of windows at a Mexican restaurant in Tacoma saved the company money by preventing future damage or increases in insurance rates after a series of burglaries. Photo courtesy of Security Lynx

“He thought he could just hit it and break the window again,” Faber says. “He was like, ‘Oh, that’s not going to work.’ So it is definitely a deterrent.”

While no one wants to worry about crime, Crimsafe products installed through Security Lynx can help turn your home or business into a safe fortress – without looking like one.

For more information or to request a quote, visit the Security Lynx website or call 360,922. 0978 today.

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