Newer buildings will often have the necessary safety glass, in accordance with correct building regulations but older buildings may need assessment and/or changeover to safety glass in certain areas such as high level glazing, roofs, walkways and doors etc.
For security, window sashes should be closed shut with a good quality window mechanism including bolts running the length of the sash. Old PVC windows can have these fitted on most windows and are especially successful on downstairs windows needing the most security.
Security stays restrict the opening of a window sash and provide additional security to an open window but can be released to allow the window to open wide. This can only be achieved from the inside when the window is closed, not open.
Safety stays are different to security stays. They are intended to limit the opening of a window sash to a small amount, to eliminate the possibility of falling out of a window. It should be noted that careful consideration should be given to changing security/safety stays or fitting restrictors to upstairs window sashes as priority should always be for fire escape.
Various types of window handles can be sourced and fitted easily. This is important not only for security but also for ensuring a good seal against weather.