Door and window advice
Some top tips on securing your windows and doors around your home.
How to secure your doors
- When buying a new door, it is better to buy a new "door set" which includes the frame and door as a complete set, certified to British Standard PAS 24.
- If refurbishing a door, check that the frame is sturdy. If it is rotten or weak then it should ideally be replaced.
- Door hinges should be secured with strong, long screws to make them sturdy.
- If your door opens outwards, consider fitting hinge bolts or security hinges to help reinforce the hinge side of a door against force.
- Wooden doors should be fitted with a 5-lever motice lock tested to BS 3621. This standard is usually a requirement for insurance policies.
- Eurocylinder locks on uPVC and composite doors should meet minimum standards. See the section on euro-cylinder advice for more information.
- Fit a door viewer so you can identify people before opening the door if you don't have a suitable window to look through.
- If you have a door chain, it is advisable to check the callers identity through a window or door viewer before using the chain. Door chains can be used to communicate with callers but they will not help secure a locked door against burglary.
How to secure your windows
- When buying new windows, you should purchase those which are certified to British Standard PAS 24.
- Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retro fitted to many windows.
- Consider installing additional locks and security to patio doors and conservatories which may be vulnerable to attack.
- When buying patio doors, ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks.