How To Secure Your Home?
According to Moneywise, a massive quarter of us Brits were most concerned with how to best protect our homes and property in 2014. Of course there are a number of ways to make our homes more secure, from increased lighting to extensive CCTV, but one area homeowners should also consider is their windows and doors. So what should you look out for?
Not just a handle
The general rule of thumb given by the Metropolitan Police is that the handle should not be the only means of keeping your window closed. Now that may sound like a no-brainer but bear in mind that some windows, even just 15 years old, may only use a simple handle to keep the burglars out. Worrying – especially on a ground floor window.
Ideally you need a locking system that is fitted within the framework of the window and the handle should be used as a means of throwing or engaging the internal locking system. Choose between an ‘espagnolette’ (multi-point) locking system or one with deadbolts for maximum protection.
Partner with experts
Your preferred double-glazing firm should also use products registered with the UK Police’s ‘Secured by Design’ (SBD) initiative so you can be confident they know the best crime prevention methods. SBD is the official UK Police flagship initiative focusing on crime prevention for homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products. Be sure to look out for the logo when choosing a window manufacturer and fitter.
Upgrade your materials
You could also consider upgrading your specifications from toughened glass to laminated in certain areas, especially for ground floor windows where security is of major importance. This may sound like overkill for a domestic property but laminated glass will remain intact even after impact, providing an extra deterrent to a burglar trying to gain entry.
Frames and hinges
The ‘hardware’ of your doors and windows should also be high quality. The hardware includes all frames and hinges and you should check a sample window to make sure you are happy with its integrity before giving your fitter the go ahead. Are the frames flush or are there gaps a burglar could exploit? Do your new doors have any weak areas that could expose your house to criminal activity?
You could also ask your window manufacturer to provide the names and addresses of any willing customers they’ve fitted locally who wouldn’t mind chatting to you about how durable their windows have been. Any reputable firm would be happy to do this.
Want more information?
Upgrading your windows and doors may seem like a large investment, but it could pay substantial dividend in the event of burglary. If you’re considering double-glazing to make your house more secure, please get in touch with G&L Windows for a free consultation – no obligation!