There are many different types of lock available, not all of which offer the level of security that you would wish for, so be careful when choosing locks for your home. Check with your insurance company to ensure that your locks meet the standards set in your home insurance policy. This is especially important if you have a porch or conservatory fitted. Check with your insurance company which doors they consider to be your main doors.
- For timber and aluminium doors, modern multi-point locks offer a high degree of security. If, however, single point, key operated mortise style locks are fitted to these doors then they should comply with BS 3621 and have at least 1,000 key differs. Look for the BS Kitemark.
- Multi-point locking systems are essential for uPVC doors, as are anti lift devices.
- Ground floor and other vulnerable windows would ideally be fitted with a security locking device, whether as part of the handle or an additional unit designed to prevent the window opening.
- The bolts from any locking device should locate not simply into a hole cut into a frame, but into a metal reinforcement or a striker plate.
- Hinge bolts, dog bolts or locking wedges should ideally be fitted to outward opening doors. Removable hinge pins must be secured into position on outward opening doors.