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Burglary Prevention Help & Advice


Insurance Approved Locks For Wooden Doors

BS3621 Sashlocks, Deadlocks, Rim Nightlatch

All property insurance companies will now stipulate that all external wooden doors have no less than a 5 Lever British Standard Sashlock (fig 1) Deadlock (fig 2) High Security Rim Nightlatch (fig 3) High Security Euro Deadlock(fig 4) or Sashlock (fig 5) that conform to BS3621: 2007.

fig.1, British Standard 5 Lever Sashlock
fig.2, British Standard High Security Nightlatch
fig.3, British Standard High Security Nightlatch
fig.4, British Standard Euro Deadlock
fig.5, British Standard Euro Sashlock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But also bear in mind that some insurance companies will insist that the locks are not older than BS3621 2007 so be sure to check this with them first. If you’re unsure then please don’t hesitate to call us and we will be more than happy to help you with this.

The simple way to identify if you already have, is to look on the face-plate and see if there is the British Standard Symbol which is heart shaped, and will have BS3621: 2007 written on it.

At The Locks Doctor we have a vast experience in the installation of these types of locks so please call for more information, or to book your free no obligation security check.

Insurance Approved uPVC & Composite Door Locks

These types of doors will come with a multi point locking system already installed that will be insurance approved, however, bear in mind that the multi point mechanism is only really as good as the cylinder you have. Here at The Locks Doctor we recommend you have a 3 star British Standard Euro Cylinder with Anti Snap capability installed as standard Euro Cylinders are easy to snap, as they have a weak point on them which is now widely known, and from that point your multi point lock is easily accessible and entry is achieved in seconds.

If this is something you are interested in we can also have all new cylinders keyed alike so one key operates all your locks, I have this system in my own home and it really does make life a lot easier.

Please feel free to call 07718941785 or email info@thelocksdoctor.co.uk if you would like more information on any of our services.

Security Lighting

EXTERIOR:

This is an excellent deterrent, as no thief wants to risk being seen and identified while trying to break in. These types of light come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes, just make sure when deciding it meets certain criteria.

  1. meets at least IP65 rating for dust and water ingress.
  2. Ensure there either tamper proof or installed out of reach.
  3. Go for LED not halogen, LED will save you money and are alot more durable.

From experience the 10w LED will only offer sufficient light for a very small space, personally I wouldn’t bother with the 10w and I would opt for a minimum of 20w for small areas, the more light the better.

Options for these are either with a PIR sensor installed on the light or, you could go for separate PIR sensors and light, and then strategically place the sensors so when one is triggered all the lights will come on together, this is the system I have so, basically a PIR at the front of the house will be triggered operating all my external lights including lights in the back garden, just be sure to position carefully so not to annoy your neighbors, and it’s very effective.

Another option is to have lower wattage lamps operate from a Photo Electric Cell which basically means they will work like a street light and be on from dusk till dawn however this can be controlled via a time-switch to go on and off when you wish.

Whichever system you decide to go with you will need to employ the services of a fully qualified NICEIC Approved Electrician.

Interior security lighting ideas are covered in the “Leaving Your Home” section.

Alarms & CCTV

Without doubt this is the ultimate in home security, if done correctly. There are so many different types on the market it can become a headache deciding which one is best, you now have both wired and wireless options, both with their pros & cons, but for me the wireless option would definitely be my choice as they have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years.

One important thing to remember, any installation should conform with British Standard PD6662 (this calls up European Standard EN 50131 also UK standards such as BS8243 for alarm confirmation) this should meet with any insurance companies requirements, remember to check for this as alot of the cheaper DIY alarm systems don’t conform to this.

My advice though is to leave it to the professionals, and the three companies I would recommend you try first are.

http://www.detectfs.co.uk

https://www.adt.co.uk

https://www.ciaalarms.co.uk

Leaving Your Home

When leaving your home even when you’re just popping out for a few minutes it’s so important to ensure that you leave your property as secure as possible, programming yourself into an exit routine will help ensure that you don’t forget important things like not leaving keys within easy reach of a letterbox.

Here is a list of the most important things to remember before you leave your home, most are obvious but your be surprised at how many burgled houses I’ve attended to change locks after people have neglected these simple rules.

  1. Close and lock all doors and windows even if your just popping out for a few minutes, and ensure that any uPVC/Composite doors are always fully locked engaging your multipoint locking system, I’ve attended property’s where people have a split spindle set up on their door basically the external handle wont operate the latch you need the key to get back in, people assume that this is secure and don’t bother fully locking when they go out, but this is easily bypassed quickly with a piece of thin flexible plastic, and I’ve seen a few unfortunate instances where people have been burgled this way.
  2. If you have one always set your alarm.
  3. Make sure all side gates are locked.
  4. Lock any sheds and garages.
  5. Ensure that any valuable items are out of site.
  6. Put keys out of reach of letterboxes.
  7. Leaving a light on when you’re out for night is always a good idea, just make sure it’s a lounge or bedroom light with the curtains shut, and not just the hall light, because nobody spends the evening just in the hall.
  8. Never leave car documents or any form of ID within easy view.

If you are going away for a few days or weeks then additional care should be taken

  1. Cancel any newspapers or milk deliveries so they are not piling up on the doorstep.
  2. Ask a neighbour to keep an eye out, if possible leave them a key and ask them to close curtains at night, give them permission to park on your drive.
  3. Use plug socket timers to operate lamps and radios round the house this will give the pretence of someone at home.

Signs

A very cheap simple but effective way to stop potential intruders, “Neighbourhood Watch” signs, “Beware Of The Dog”, a “Warning This Property Is Alarmed” notice even if you don’t have a dog or an alarm it will put doubt in their mind and make them think twice.

Windows

All accessible windows should be fitted with a key operated lock, I know some insurers don’t require the upstairs windows to be lockable but I would definitely recommend they are.

Always ensure that any replacement windows meet PAS 24:2012, STS 204 or LPS 1175 SR1, which are the standards set out to withstand attack.

Another option to consider is to replace with laminated glass in all down stairs windows as this is considerably stronger and more secure.

There are also lots of options for battery powered alarms both vibration and magnetic which stick to your window and will trigger if an intruder attempts to force the window, I have these on my windows at home and they are very loud and effective.

Double Glazed Windows

Shouldn’t require additional locks, but there are options available if you feel like you might require them, just ensure the handles are fitted with a key operated lock.

Single Glazed Windows

Very important to ensure you have a lock on these as they are very vulnerable to break-ins, there are lots of options available for these, consider also maybe installing secondary glazing units if you can.

If you require any help or advice on this then please don’t hesitate to call we are more than happy to help and will even pop round and assess your property for free.

Sheds and Outbuildings

These locations often contain high value items and are seen by thieves as an easier target, which normally they are due to a more secluded location and low security.

Here are a few ideas to help make these areas more secure.

Put yourself in the mind-set of a thief and take a good look at your shed/outbuildings for vulnerable points.

  1. Firstly Check with your insurers that the contents in your shed are covered sometimes bikes etc are additional items you have to add on.
  2. Windows are a particularly vulnerable point consider a steel mesh or steel bars over the glass, also try not to leave valuable items on view maybe cover them with a sheet.
  3. The hinges on sheds are normally exposed and could be easily removed with a screw driver, consider either replacing the screws with bolts, or rounding the screw heads off with a drill, or filling them with an extremely hard setting compound.
  4. Install a ground anchor that you can securely padlock bikes etc to.
  5. Battery operated alarms are a relatively cheap option very effective and are extremely loud.
  6. Consider property marking any high value items. Forensic marking is definitely worth a look and you can register some items on their website for free https://www.immobilise.com
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