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Help keep your home safe and protect your family from fire with our helpful guides, Learn how to fit locks and alarms and prevent hazards in your home.
We all have locks on our exterior doors but it’s important to make sure they are up to the job especially as 55% of attempted burglaries happen with front door access...
There are three main types of locks on exterior doors:
Most wooden doors will have both a mortice dead lock and a night latch. If you only have one you should consider adding the other for extra security and it’s recommended that you position them 45 – 60cm apart. If you have a UPVC door it’s likely that you will have a multipoint locking system. These are operated by a main cylinder called a Euro Profile Cylinder. Basic euro profile cylinders can be broken by burglars in under 2 minutes so if you’re unsure on the type of cylinder you have it’s worth upgrading to a British Standard Euro Profile Cylinder from Yale.
Many windows don’t have key locks or are left unlocked for convenience, but don’t forget this is also convenient for burglars, so always make sure you lock your windows.
Not only do you want to protect the contents of your shed or garage, you don’t want any tools you may keep in them to be used to break into your home. Invest in a sturdy weatherproof padlock to deter potential burglars.
There are two main types of alarms to consider, audio only or a monitored system. With a monitored alarm you have a further two options, one being the nominated key holder being contacted as soon as the alarm is set off or secondly a police response is actioned as soon the alarm is set off. Monitored systems are more expensive so it’s worth doing some research to find an alarm solution that suits your needs and property type. Other considerations are whether you want a wired or wireless system. Wireless alarms can generally be installed easily without the need for an electrician plus if you are living in a rental property they can easily be removed and taken with you. The downside is that they tend to be a bit more expensive and are battery operated so you will need to regularly check them to make sure the alarm is always armed when switched on
Another useful deterrent against burglary is outside lighting. These are motion sensor and timer activated so not only are they useful to detract burglars but also to light up areas so you can see when you return home.