Locks / Keeping you secure

Most burglaries can be prevented by taking simple and relatively inexpensive precautions. Many are committed at random by opportunist thieves and in two burglaries out of ten, the thief does not even have to force his way in because a door or window has been left insecure.

Intruders avoid windows, locked because breaking glass attracts attention and they do not like high security locks because they cannot open them even from the inside.

Front Door Locks: Defence key locks for front doors are approved to British Standard 3621/2007 and marked by the British Standard kite mark, therefore, they reach the standards of the insurance industry (this could otherwise invalidate any insurance claim). By having a registered key, nobody other than the registered holder or their nominee(s) can obtain copies of the key.

Security Window Locks: All windows should be fitted with window locks, any windows that are particularly vulnerable should be protected by grilles or external shutters. Collapsible gates can be hidden behind curtains when open. Patio doors and French doors should have at least two key-operated door locks, preferably at the top and bottom of the door.

Locks for Garages and outbuildings: Suitable British Standard locks or padlocks should always protect garages and outbuildings, which often contain valuable equipment, useful to a burglar. Garden tools for instance can be used to force open doors or windows.