It’s week 2 of National Home Security Month and we’re looking at the traditional home security measures that can often be neglected, such as cylinders, padlocks and window locks. If the locks on your doors are outdated and do not meet the latest security standards you could be making it very easy for a burglar to attempt a break in, especially as 70% of burglaries happen through a door.
Top Tips on Securing your Doors and Windows
- Use a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621 on your external timber doors. If you have a PVC-u or composite door, you should consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked model.
- Ensure all your upstairs and downstairs windows are fitted with at least one appropriate key-operated lock.
- Double Check. A staggering 16% of homeowners don’t lock their doors and windows when they leave the house and as burglars are more likely to use a door to gain access to your home and possessions it pays to double check your doors and windows are locked.
- Glass Door. If your door has a partial glass design it might be worth adding the glass with window security film to help deter and slow down a burglar.