Staying vigilant as the dark nights descend

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Yale Door and Window Solutions is the largest supplier of multipoint door locks to the fenestration industry, serving fabricators, installers and specifiers with high security solutions from the world’s favourite Yale.

The recent ONS Nature of Crime report revealed that 76% of domestic burglaries in England and Wales were through a door, and in 24% of cases, that door was unlocked[i]. This shows that the need for increased awareness around home security is as great as ever.

To ensure your home is secure, all doors and windows should be fully closed and locked while the property is empty. If possible to avoid ‘follow-on crime’ or intruders entering the property through an unlocked door, have a lever/offset lock or auto firing lock fitted, so that a key is required externally each and every time the door is opened. It’s also important to remember that November is the month when most burglaries take place – so as the dark nights descend, now is the time to make sure you have home security measures in place.

One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you have a TS008 3-star accredited cylinder installed in your door. The increasing popularity of such cylinders is a factor behind a 7% decline in lock snapping over the last decade[ii], and while this is good news in the fight against burglary, it means that homes without such protection are more vulnerable than ever to attacks by burglars.

The Yale Platinum 3 Star Cylinder provides maximum security against all known attack methods, and has been independently tested by BSI to be awarded the British Kitemark TS008 3 Star accreditation – a standard developed in response to concerns around cylinder attacks.

The anti-bump, anti-snap, anti-pick, and anti-drill cylinder is also SS312 diamond standard accredited and approved by the official police security initiative, Secured By Design.

Another common threat is from letterbox fishing. As the name suggests, this involves burglars using tools to quite literally fish out keys and other belongings from your home. An easy way to prevent this is to ensure that no keys or valuables are visible through a window or a letterbox. Most burglars are opportunistic, so if there’s nothing visible when they look through the letterbox, they will likely move on.

Adding a secure letterbox that is accredited to TS008 standards will further prevent both letterbox fishing and lock manipulation through the letterbox. Yale’s Postmaster Professional TS008 letterbox boasts a long list of features that set it apart from other letterboxes on the market.

To find out more about the Yale Platinum 3 Star Kitemarked Anti-Snap Cylinder and the Postmaster Professional TS008 letterplate, visit, or call 01902 366800. For product information and updates, follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.

[i] Office for National Statistics, 2020