Copy of email received Wednesday 17th November, 2010
Please see the following advice from the Crime Prevention section in the West Yorkshire Police Website. The physical security around your home, e.g. door and window locks, should be fitted in the correct position and to the appropriate standard. Robust locking systems are an important aspect of home security, as are the materials that they are fitted to or within.
Take a look at the external doors and windows around your property as cheap locks, incorrect fittings and deteriorating materials weaken the security of your property and should be improved at the very earliest opportunity.
Doors and Window Security
How important is door and window security?
Very important. In most cases, the offenders who commit
burglary are opportunists. They see an open door or window and they take
What can I do to improve the security of my existing
What can I do to improve the security of my existing external doors?
Doors offer the easiest access to your home. Make sure
that your doors and their frames are in good condition. External wooden
doors should be solid and at least 44mm thick. Ensure that your doors
fit well and that the frames are securely fixed to the masonry. They
should be fitted with five
I want to replace my windows. What advice can you give?
When replacing ground floor and readily accessible windows these should be made and fitted to BS 7950: 1997, the British Standard for enhanced window security. They should also have laminated glass in the outer pane of the double glazed units. Such windows do not need additional security devices adding to them.
I want to replace my external doors. What advice can you give?
These should be replaced with door sets meeting the PAS 24-1: 1999 standard, the British Standard for enhanced door security. Such doors do not need additional security devices adding to them.
What if the installing company tells me that the standard does not apply to my home?
There will be some circumstances where the British Standard is not currently applicable, for example, with sash windows, French windows and patio doors. If in doubt seek further advice from your local crime prevention/reduction officer on 0845 6060606.
Considering buying a newly built house?
Ask the developer if they have been built to the police 'Secured By Design' standards which have been proved to significantly reduce crime. Such homes will already incorporate the enhanced security doors and windows outlined above as well as other features designed to reduce the risk of crime - www.securedbydesign.com *
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