The following content provides some information on home security. It is by no means a definitive list and should be treated as guidance only. In addition you should check with your home contents insurance company on their minimum requirements for your home security. No advice can be provided on makes and models that can be used to satisfy these requirements, but typically "insurance" graded products should be sought.

Important Notes :

Check your home contents policy for any lock specifications demanded by your insurance policy. Failure to meet their requirments may invalidate a claim if it is not met.

If you rent your house or flat check with the landlord before making changes to door locks. Doing so without their permission will probably infringe on your rental agreement. 

 

GENERAL

Take some time and walk around your house and ask yourself the question " How would I get into my house if I lost my key ?" Obviously you would be looking into gaining entry by causing the least possible damage, a criminal would not be so thoughtful ! If you want help with your survey call your local Crime Prevention Officer.

Whilst looking through the many wesbites that deal with home and personal security I came across a facility that has been developed by Leicestershire Constabulary. If you click on the link below it will take you to their "virtual neighbourhood".

www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/virtual-neighbourhood

 

Another source of information is the Home Office sponsored website :

www.cyberstreetwise.com

 

SECURITY HARDWARE

FRONT DOOR ( Wooden )

As a minimum your front door should be secured with 2 locks. The highest most lock is normally the night latch. Then approximately 18 inches below that a mortice lock. The mortice lock should be at least a 5 lever insurance rated. When fitting either of these locks, DO NOT fit them near any cross members as the door will be weakened.

 

FRONT DOOR ( UPVC / Steel )

These doors should have multi - locking points. Check your doors instruction / manual to see if it is.

 

BACK DOOR

As a minimum your back door should be secured with a a 5 lever insurance rated mortice lock. Some companies manufacture locks for the front and back doors that use the same key ( reducing the number of keys you require for your home ). If your back door opens outward into your back garden / yard you should also fit Door Hinge Bolts to the hinge side of the door. This is to stop a burgular from removing the hinge pins and lifting off your door.

 

WOODEN FRENCH DOORS ( Opening onto back garden / yard )

As a minimum your french doors should be secured with a 5 lever insurance rated lock. If the doors open outwards, fit Door Hinge Bolt ( see reason above ). The sliding bolts that hold the doors into the frame should be lockable. This removes the liklihood of someone breaking door glass and releasing the sliding bolts and openning the doors.

 

SLIDING DOORS ( Patio Doors )

Sometimes these doors can be lifted from their rails and then removed altogether. Sometimes the locks are not efficient as they could be. Seek advice from a qualified locksmith or the local Crime Prevention Officer.

 

INTERNAL DOORS

Unless the house is divided into flats ( for seperate households ) all internal doors should normally be left unlocked. The reason for this is to reduce damage once someone has gained illegal access to your home. Obviously if a room has some items that could be dangerous to children who live in the household it should remain locked.

 

SASH WINDOWS

The old sliding catches that typically come with these old Victorian windows are not sufficient and can be slid open from the outside. Replace the old catches with a lockable type or supplement with sash window locks.

 

UPVC WINDOWS

These typically have multi-locking points. Most new windows now have the glass units installed from the inside of the house. Then the glass is secured in place with UPVC beading inside the house. On some older units this is the other way round. This may cause a security problem. Rectifying any problems is best suited to a Double glazing installer who has experience working with Glass and UPVC. Always get a written quotation before you agree to any work. Only vulnerable ground floor windows should be considered.

 

MULTI PANE LEADED LIGHT WINDOWS

These windows are made up of multiple small panes of glass that are joined togther using lead strips The glass can be clear or coloured.

These windows look attractive, but due to the constructions flexible nature can be easily pushed in allowing people illegal entry. To reduce / remove the flexible nature of the construction thin steel bars could be fitted to the wooden window frame directly behind the leaded panes. To maintain windows appearance the steel bars should be positioned directly in line with the lead vertical or horizontal cross members.

An alternative approach would be to fit secondary double glazing units behind the lead light windows.

If there is a financial barrier to carrying out these precautions another alternative would be to use battery powered trembler alarms that can be attached to the glass of leaded light window.

 

ENTRANCE GATES

Some semi detached houses have alleyways between the two adjacent houses. Then off of this alleyway will be the gates to the gardens of the two houses. These gates tend to be set back from the front of the house and allow criminals unseen entry into the backgardens.

If the two householders on either side of the alley can come to agreement. A single gate should be fitted across the alleyway at the front of the houses where it faces the road. That way anyone trying to gain illegal entry will be seen and hopefully be put off.

 

WOOD PANEL FENCING

When these wood panels are used facing onto a public road they are typically 6 foot (1.8 m)  high. They are fitted into slots built into concrete posts and normally rest on gravel boards. The eventual height will be approximately 7 foot (2.1 m). A man, or a couple of teenagers for that matter can easily climb that height of fence. Adding a piece of 18 inch high trellis on top will reduce that problem.

Whilst on panel fencing. The point of the slot in the concrete fence post is to allow ease of construction. It also allows for ease of removal, just by sliding the panel upwards. To remove that possibility wire and staple all fence panels together.

 

BRICK WALLS

When these brick walls are used facing onto a public road as a boundary to a rear garden they are typically 6 foot (1.8 m)  high. Again this is an easy height to climb and is more stable.

Adding a piece of 18 inch high trellis on top will reduce that problem. Alternatively, there are plastic strips of pointed cones that can be screwed to the top of the wall. They are not sharp and will not cut, but do cause discomfort to anyone trying to pull themselves onto the top of a wall.

 

DISCLAIMER : All of the information on this website has been provided in good faith. In no way can we guarantee that you will remove or reduce the liklihood of being burgled by carrying out any of the checks or installing any security items mentioned on this website.