Week 2: Setting the standard

Did you know… homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Despite this alarming statistic, 25% of Brits admit to having no home security at all!

Week two sees us delve into security standards, exploring window and door locks in particular, as well as how you can secure your valuables inside your home. Burglars are opportunists and they notice areas of weakness. Don’t get caught out, learn how to keep your home protected for complete peace of mind with our top tips:

  • Ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621.
  • If you have a PVC-u or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked model
  • All windows, upstairs and down, should be fitted with at least one appropriate key-operated lock
  • The most commonly stolen items in domestic burglaries are electrical devices, jewellery, and cash. Keep these protected in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor
  • By installing simple security measures that meet the required British standard, you can reduce home insurance premiums by up to 5%
  • Mark your property with your postcode and house number and register items for free with Immobilise, the UK’s National Property Register. This makes it easier for police to return stolen items.