Ensure your Door Locks Are Bump Resistant and Tough
Door locks are a critical factor where your business and home security is concerned. Weaker, cheaper locks are not only liable to break when you need them most, but they are more prone to a technique called lock bumping. 67% of break-ins happen via the front door according to the Home Office. Lock bumping is a common technique burglar’s use.
The Home Office also reports that the a third of burglaries occur when the intruder uses a window at the rear of your property to gain entry. They take advantage of an open window, or they break the glass, open the latch and they are in your home. Good locks have a significant role to play in stopping both types of illegal entry into your home.
The best Door Locks for your House
Wooden, Steel and Aluminium Doors
If you have wooden, steel, or aluminium doors, it could be an idea to fit mortice bolts to all external doors. They are particularly effective because they are embedded into the door and use a metal frame to reinforce them. The bolts can only be released using a key from the inside.
The Home Office recommends mortice bolts which carry the British Standard Kite mark of BS3621:2004 are used. Many insurance companies require this as a minimum standard as well for wooden doors, and aluminium doors that do not have a multipoint locking system.
UPVC, Aluminium and Steel Doors
Multipoint locking systems are the industry standard for uPVC and most aluminium / steel doors. Again the doors should include mortice deadbolts which are in-built to the design. This is probably a requirement of your insurance company.
If your doors have been forced or you have doubts about their security give us a call.
We can fit strikers running the whole length of the frame, making your door more in line with up to date security standards.
The Realignment Problem
Occasionally, uPVC doors need realigning. The weight of the door leads to it dropping from the hinge, which makes locking the door difficult. When this happens the door hinges need to be adjusted to allow the door to line up with the frame correctly.
Don’t wait until it is impossible to lock, and never force the lock, it will probably brake and will need to be replaced.
Sliding Patio Doors
For most insurance companies, having internal key operated locks fitted diagonally to one another is the minimum requirement. There are also special bolts to reinforce the door in a manner that it will be very difficult to force, the best thing about this bolts is that they are small, but extremely strong.
French doors need to be fitted with a mortice or rim deadlock. This should be reinforced using mortice bolts or surface mounted security bolts. One bolt should go into the frame, the other into the floor.
Other Security Measures for your Home
Install a door viewer
Another aspect of door security is having a viewer installed. This handy gadget can be a real bonus especially if you live on your own. It allows you to look through a hole in the door at eye level, so you can see who it is. This means that you don’t have to unlock the door unless you want to. This is a cheaper option to CCTV, and requires no IT knowledge to use.
Security glass vs. safety glass
Safety glass will not shatter into tiny sharp fragments if it is struck by an object. Security glass stays put even if it is cracked. This means that a burglar cannot reach through and undo a lock from the inside.
Door chains allow you to open the door a crack to see who is standing at the front door. They enable you to peer round the door, and to a degree door chains do prevent unwanted entry.
As well as your home, you should ensure your outbuildings are locked down too. Many burglars use your tools to break-in or steel them.
Padlocks – Open and Closed Shackle
The shackle is the hinged part of the padlocked. When you unlock a padlock the shackle is the part that swings open. The best padlocks on the market are closed shackle as they protect the padlock’s most vulnerable part.
Some padlocks requite a key, others do not. The latter safeguards against someone leaving the key in the lock accidently. Padlocks are often used to lock sheds and garages in the UK. The best ones carry the British Standard BS EN12320.
Padlocks are also rated by European Standards. The EU standard for padlocks is CEN EN 12320, and they also rate them 1 to 6, where 6 is the best.
GRADE 6 – Extra High Security
GRADE 5 – High Security
GRADE 4 – Security
GRADE 3 – Standard
GRADE 2 & 1 – General
How do I secure my Garage?
Garage security is dependent on what kind of garage doors you have. Up and over garage doors are particularly vulnerable to forced entry. Using a Garage Defender is recommended unless you only access the garage from the inside. In which case a padlock securing a hasp and staple fitting or securing bolts to the runners will provide big increases in security.
For any doors connecting the garage to the house, and for traditional swing out garage doors, mortice deadlocks should be used.
Ensure your locks carry the right kitemarks
It is important that any lock you have fitted to your doors carry good kitemarks and security standards. One of the best lock standards to have is the PAS024 security standard. This means that the lock to earn this standard would have to have passed rigorous tests. It is a good idea to talk to a lock professional such as a locksmith for advice about which lock is best to fit on which door.