National Home Security Month – Week 2, Securing Doors and WindowsOctober 7, 2014
The second week of this year National Home Security Month, starts to look at Door and Window Security and the best methods to make them safe and secure. This info-graphic gives details of the typical methods of entry into a property. Thieves will always go for an easy option such as an open door or window
Different types of door require different styles of lock
The type and style of door that is fitted to a property will determine which lock is required to secure the door. Timber doors will need a British Standard Mortice or Nightlatch lock that conforms to BS3621, whereas a UPVC plastic door with multi point locking will need a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder.
British Standard locks for timber and wooden doors have been independently tested to meet the high standards of BS3621. Locks that have meet this standard can easily be identifed as the British Standard number will be stamped onto the edge of the lock. BS3621 has evolved over the years with new versions of the standard in 1980, 2004 and the latest version 2007. If you current lock is BS rated but an older version it is advisable to upgrade to the latest BS3621:2007
Cylinder or Barrel locks are most commonly found within a multi point mechanism on a plastic UPVC door. Cylinder lock can be susceptible to lock snapping, a technique that can be used to snap the cylinder and then gain access to the locking mechanism to open a door. To prevent this type of attack, upgrade you lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder.
Rather than breaking a window, which is noisy and can attract attention, criminals will try to gain entry through a window by forcing the window frame. It is therefore essential that all windows on the ground floor and above are locked with a key operated lock. Most new UPVC windows are supplied with a locking window handle, these locks can be added to with a suitable secondary window lock.
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