Secure your Home
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•Doors can be fitted with secondary security called Sash Jammers, which prevent the door being opened even when unlocked.
•Patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to stop lifting or forced entry
•Glass panels on or around doors and in ground floor or accessible windows are vulnerable; it's worth replacing them with laminated glass as it holds together when shattered
•Fit a Door Viewer if you do not already have one
•Door chains offer some security while dealing with a caller at the doorstep
•Letterplates should be positioned at least 16" away from locks
•Letterplate restrictors can be fitted to prevent 'fishing' attacks
•Mortise locks fit into a slot cut into the edge of the door and usually can only be opened with a key. These should be upgraded to 5-lever locks tested to BS: 3621.
•Rim locks are screwed to the face of the door and latch automatically when you close the door, unless held open with the snib. These should be tested to BS: 3621.
•Multi-point locks involve several hooks or bolts holding the door into the frame. The euro cylinder used on these doors should be tested to BS EN 1303 Grade 3.
Fitting New Doors and Windows
•When replacing a door it is better to buy a new "door set", the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 'Doors of Enhanced Security'
•Make sure doors are solid enough and can't be easily kicked-in
•When installing patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for Anti-Lift blocks
•Install windows which are certified to British Standard BS7950 "Windows of Enhanced Security"
◦Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates
◦Build tall fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult
◦Prickly bushes can be fitted along boundaries
◦Consider gravel on the ground as it is noisy to walk on
◦Prune bushes and trees so that thieves can not hide and work
◦Security lighting can be used to make offenders feel vulnerable and observed
◦Illuminate high risk areas and make sure it's easy for you to see people approaching
◦Make sure that passers-by can see the front of your home so that a burglar can't work without being seen
◦Remove and secure items that may be used to break in or climb up such as ladders and garden tools
◦Never leave a spare key under the mat or any other hiding place - burglars know where to look