Under the cover of darkness

Figures show that burglaries spike by as much as 25% in the autumn and winter months1, and will rise further this week as stats show that bonfire night sees a 42% increase in burglaries over an ordinary autumn night1.

For many of us, it will be routine to lock the door behind us as we head out of the house for seasonal festivities, and we’re often reminded of what is required of our door locks to keep them up to standard – but what is easier to forget is whether our other hardware is just as secure.

Recent statistics have shown that almost a third of domestic burglaries are made via a window2, with two of the most common methods of window entry being a forced lock or unlocked window2.

To ensure security, all windows should be locked and fully closed while the property is empty. Burglars are even more daring under the cover of darkness, so even when windows are locked or while on night vent, burglars may see this as an opportunity to prise open and gain entry.

The Rapide window lock from Yale DWS provides homeowners with an advanced whole-window security solution. Rapide has three times the locking surface area of a standard, multi-point or shoot-bolt window lock and has been independently tested to far exceed British security standard PAS24:2016, as well as being Secured by Design approved.

Another opportunistic burglar tactic is known as letterbox fishing. As the name suggests, this includes looking and using tools to enter through a letterbox and quite literally fish out keys and other belongings.

One easy way to prevent this, which homeowners can start doing straight away, is to ensure no keys or valuables are visible through a window or a letterbox. Burglars are looking for an easy opportunity, so if there’s nothing visible to take their fancy, then they will likely just move on.

Adding a secure letterbox, that is accredited to TS008 standards can largely help prevent both letterbox fishing and lock manipulation through the letterbox.

Since its launch in 2018, Yale DWS’ Postmaster Professional TS008 letterbox has made significant developments boasting a long list of features that set it apart from other letterboxes in the market, most notably fire testing. Alongside the TS008 standard, the Postmaster Professional letterbox meets FD60, PAS 24 and Document Q accreditations, to provide maximum protection against burglar attack methods and fire.

It is recommended that all of your window and door hardware should be tested to British quality standards as part of your finished window or door. One of the most recommended accreditations to ensure your hardware security is tested to is PAS 24 – a benchmark of hardware performance used across the windows and doors industry in the UK, meaning that when a customer buys a door or window from any manufacturer, they know that it meets an agreed industry standard of security.

To find out more about the Rapide window lock and the Postmaster Professional TS008 letterplate, visit www.yaledws.co.uk, or call 01902 366800. For product information and updates, follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.