How secure are your doors?
If you are unsure whether your front door, back door or patio doors are secure enough to prevent intruders, use this quick checklist to find out how safe they really are .
- Five lever mortice deadlock (if door over 44mm) ? check they are British Standard 3621 or European Standard EN12209
- Avoid glazed panels, replace with toughened glass or laminated glass panels
- Fit a spy hole
- Fit a door chain or limiter
- Check hinges are secure – use good long screws and consider hinge bolts
- Install them no closer than 400 mm from the door lock
- Never fit a letter box to the bottom rail of a door
- Consider an internal cover plate or letter basket (with the bottom removed to prevent mail theft)
- Use 5 lever 2 bolt sash lock halfway up the door (British Standard 3621 European Standard EN 12209)
- Supplement sash lock with mortice rack bolts at the top and bottom of the door
- Avoid glass panels, use laminated panels fitted from the inside and consider grilles as well
- French doors (a burglar’s favourite!)
- Use mortice rack bolts
- Or, consider surface-mounted locking bolts
- For extra security, consider mortice sash locks
- If your doors open outwards, use hinge bolts
Patio doors (a burglar’s favourite!)
- Use extra locks if not fitted with a multi-locking system
- Anti-lift devices to avoid door being lifted from its track
- British standard nightlatch – this is used to make sure the lock is dead locked
- Mortice deadlock – Frameguard: London bar: fits round the yale lock and straight down frame.
- Brum bar: flat strip lock in the middle of the door frame
- Hinge bolts: fit a hinge side below and above hinges of wooden doors
- Lock guard over mortice lock. This prevents door from splitting out (stops anyone being able to jam door)
- Multi-lock three point locking system, 2 hooks, 1 top and bottom of the frame, with a latch and deadlock in the middle of the door
- You can’t fit anymore locks to UPVC doors due to the structure of the door
- Consider using a small window alarm which beeps when you enter the room
- Letterbox cage: fits to the back of a letterbox, needs a padlock to keep it secured
- Letterbox homeguard: which is made of a fire retardant material. So can resist fire if a firework is put through the door, and also blocks people getting in
Do not leave keys hanging inside the letterbox, under plant pots or doormats – these are the first places a burglar will check
Locks and bolts are only as good as the doors they are fitted to. Make sure weak rotten woodwork is replaced, and that the frame is well fixed.
Preventing burglaries is a priority for PC 1503 GINDER the Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Officer.