Secure your Home


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There are a number of things that can be done in and around your home to improve security.
Securing Doors & Windows
•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

Lock Considerations
•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.

We strongly advice replacing weak euro cylinder locks with the UAP+ Zero Lift Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder, to resist Lock Snapping, Lock-Bumping and other forms of attack.

Fitting New Doors and Windows

Consider the following if you are planning to fit new doors or 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"
•Gardens and Fences
◦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

Garages and Sheds
◦Ensure doors are solid enough not to be kicked in
◦Never leave garage or shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house
◦Fit padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors
◦Lock ladders inside the garage or shed to stop a thief using them. If there is no room inside the garage or shed then chain them horizontally to an outside wall
Helping to keep your home safe need not cost money. Adopting some Good Habits can go a long way.

Ardmonagh Family and Community Group 

Media : 

Lock Snapping documentary demonstrating vulnerable uPVC Euro Profile cylinder locks

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