Door & Window Security

Copy of email received Wednesday 17th November, 2010

Dear Co-ordinators

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 their chance.
Believe it or not but nearly half of all burglaries are committed through an open door or window. A third of burglaries occur through a rear window.
An open window or door is therefore an open invitation to enter your home.
No other aspect of crime prevention is more effective than improving your door and window security. Keep them closed and locked especially when you are not in that room.

What can I do to improve the security of my existing windows?
Fit key operated locks to as many of your windows as possible especially if they are downstairs, hidden from view or easily accessible upstairs e.g. above a flat roofed porch. Consider having security film installed on such windows. Don't forget to remove keys from window locks and store them in a safe place.

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
lever deadbolts to British Standard 3621 or a British Standard 1303 Europrofile cylinder lock, plus a night latch. In solid doors or doors with frosted glazing consider installing a door viewer and door chain. Patio doors demand particular attention and may require specialist advice. Fit anti-lift locks at the top and bottom unless they already have a multi-point locking system. Before fitting locks to UPVC door check with the installer that this does not affect your warranty.

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 - *

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671

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