What you can do
Burglars break into a home every 15.4 seconds according to statistics. It's the most common threat to your home's security, with 67% of all burglaries through a door! With some minor changes, you can protect your home from break-ins.
One of the most common methods of entry through a door is the vulnerable euro locking cylinder and unlike cylinder snapping and drilling, cylinder lock bumping leaves no sign of a forced entry to your home. As a consequence it can be difficult to get insurance companies to admit liability, so please check your policy.
Never leave a spare key in a hiding place such as under a flower pot, door mat or even on a piece of string through the letter box (you’d be surprised how many people do this!) Burglars know to look for spare keys in these places and a thief will try all the usual hiding places. Find somewhere more concealed and less obvious to keep your spare key or even leave with a neighbour, family member or friend.
When buying doors, make sure they are fitted with strong built-in locks and a fitted security chain. Try and avoid PVCu doors that are only secured by roller cams. Multi-point locking is your best bet - offering a combination of rollers, mushrooms, hooks and bolts. For composite/timber doors bi-directional hooks offer premium multi-point locking.
The majority of doors in the market place offer a euro cylinder or locking barrel used in a multi-point lock as a way of securing homes. With recent news and press articles concerning the issues of the vulnerability of the profile cylinder it’s now paramount to be aware of new ways to lock your home.
Vectis Plus is a new multi-point lock solution that offers all the benefits of multi-point locking - rollers, mushrooms, hooks and bolts; but removes the vulnerable cylinder thereby overcoming all associated issues – No Cylinder, No Problem! Click here for further information on the Vectis lock.
Fitting a door viewer ensures that you don’t have to open the door to strangers and the addition of a door chain means that you can speak to strangers without letting them in to your home.
Make sure that your door hinges are strong and are fitted with long screws. It is possible to fit hinge bolts, which will reinforce the hinge side of the door against attempted forced entry.
Patio doors should have special locks such as push bolts fitted to them. Fitting bolts to the top and bottom of outside doors, especially back doors, provides great added security.
And, most importantly once you’ve increased your security measures, make sure you USE THEM