Are your doors and windows up to standard?

We know getting the right home security basics in place can sometimes be confusing, so to mark the second week of National Home Security Month, Yale Door and Window Solutions is providing you with its top tips for securing the entry points to your home, as well as helping you to learn the lingo when it comes to security standards.

All windows, both upstairs and down, should be fitted with key lockable handles or separate window locks.

If you have a PVCu or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked model.
TS007 is a security standard for replacement cylinders and protective door furniture, introduced amid concerns over the growth in lock-snapping crimes. The TS007 standard uses a three star system, in which the cylinder or a combination of security furniture must have an accumulative three stars to meet the minimum-security requirements. The star rating will be indicated above the Kitemark on the packaging and the product itself.

Consider replacing your multipoint lock for improved door security.
Multipoint locks run the length of PVCu, composite and timber doors and have several points of contact, such as hooks or bolts, which lock the door into the frame.

It’s important that homeowners are aware of the five warning signs that your lock may be reaching the end of its lifecycle:
• Your handle droops or feels loose
• The locking points show signs of damage
• Your handle makes a clunking or grinding sound when operated
• You need to use unnecessary force when turning your handle
• One or more of the locking points fails to operate fully when you lift the handle

Ensure all doors and windows are securely locked when your home is left empty.
It might sound obvious, but a one in five Brits admit to leaving their front or back door unlocked when they leave their property.* It’s all well and good having security measures in place, but these are only effective if they are used!

Don’t “hide” spare keys.
Under the doormat, or perhaps the plant pot? Burglars are aware of the common hiding places homeowners use to stash spare keys – in fact, 6,000 burglaries occurred last year using poorly hidden spare keys!**

Invest in a heavy duty, high quality post box.
Consider a wall-mounted post box for your mail and prevent thieves from using your letterbox to fish for keys or manipulate your lock.

Ensure all doors and windows meet Approved Document Q.
Last October also marked the introduction of Approved Document Q. This ensures that greater levels of security are in place to protect new homes, resisting physical attack by a casual or opportunistic burglar. Under the new standards, all new doors and windows should be made to a design that has been shown, by test, to meet the security requirements of PAS24:2016 (or other standards that meet or exceed PAS24:2016). So if you are currently looking to buy a new home, make sure you ask if your doors and windows meet Approved Doc Q.

When put together all of these solutions present a powerful proposition against tempted thieves.

*Safewise
**The Telegraph

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