Securing Domestic Doors & Windows
- When buying a new door, it is better to buy a full new doorset (the complete assembled door and frame), certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’.
- If refurbishing a door, check that the frame is firmly fixed and sturdy. If it is weak or rotten, replace it.
- Check that the door hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws.
- For added security, fit hinge bolts or security hinges. These help to reinforce the hinge side of a door against force, and protect the hinge if your door opens outwards.
- If fitting locks to a standard wooden door, fit a 5-lever mortise lock plus a night latch or rim lock, both tested to BS 3621. These are a minimum insurance requirement.
- If your door is PVCu or composite then it should be fitted with a multipoint lock meeting BS 3621.
- Europrofile cylinders used on PVCu and Composite doors should meet TS007 and for additional protection use a security door handle.
- Consider fitting a cage or restrictor on your letterbox to prevent thieves from putting their hands or gadgets through the letterbox.
- If fitting an external letterbox, make sure it is tested to TS009:2012 as this covers free-standing or surface-mounted letterboxes.
- Fit a door viewer so you can identify people before opening the door.
- Door chains can stop callers pushing their way in, but must be securely fixed to avoid screws being pulled out. They will not help secure a locked door against burglary.
Many people focus on securing their front doors, and forget about their windows and secondary doors. These are actually the most common access points for thieves.
- When buying new windows, install windows which are certified to British Standard PAS 24: Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK.
- Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retrofitted to many windows.
- Glazing may be protected from being smashed with the addition of accredited adhesive window film.
- Consider securing the windows with fixed or retractable grilles. These provide both a visual and physical deterrent against attack.
- Patio doors and conservatories are vulnerable. If they are not secure, install additional locks and security blocks to stop lifting or forced entry.
- When buying patio doors, ask for the sliding section to be on the inside, and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended, or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.