The best ways to secure 5 doors in your home

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As homes have evolved, the number of options when it comes to doors and windows has increased and knowing how to keep your property secure is now more key than ever.

Gone are the days when a simple lock or bolt will keep your belongings and your loved ones safe, and staying one step ahead of intruders is an ongoing challenge.

Whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room or hall – here are a number of different ways of making your doors more secure.

1. Wooden Front Doors

The standard lock for a regular front door is a rim latch – or sometimes known as a Yale lock – but this alone is not enough to secure the main entrance to your property. A five-lever mortice deadlock should also be fitted and for extra security, and to distribute any weight that is put against the door evenly, a third deadlock can also be fitted at the top or bottom of the panel.

2. uPVC Doors

A multi-point locking system, which meets insurance standards, is fitted to uPVC doors at the point of manufacture and it’s not usually possible, or necessary, to fit additional locks. Instead, to avoid ‘lock-snapping’ (a method which exploits a vulnerability of the Euro-Profile cylinder locks on most uPVC doors) you could upgrade to an ‘anti-snap’ or ‘break secure’ cylinder.

3. Sliding Patio Doors

These are the types of doors that you usually find leading out onto a patio or decking. More modern varieties usually come fitted with a multi-point locking system built in but if yours aren’t; then a regular bolt at the top or bottom of the door will prevent the door from being opened from the outside. Seeing as these doors are usually at the back of the building and allow direct access to the house, some homeowners decide to install a locking metal grill, which can be closed and secured when the doors are not in use.

4. French doors

Again, like sliding patio doors, French doors are a direct entry point and very tempting option for burglars. Mortice rack bolts or surface-mounted locking bolts should be fitted to the top and bottom of French doors, in addition to a five lever (British Standard 3621) lock in the middle. Hinge bolts, regardless of whether the doors open inwards or outwards, are also the best way to secure this type of door.

5. Internal Doors

Just because a door is inside your home, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be secured, in fact some doors – such as in the kitchen or hallway – are the first point of entry into the house for any would-be thief. For a traditional wooden door you could try fitting a 3 lever sash lock. Though adding extra locks to the doors on the inside of your home is a greater deterrent for burglars, before you do so you should check to see if the door you are intending to lock is an exit route should a fire break out.
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