It’s that time of year again. The evenings are getting darker and, unfortunately, burglaries start to become more common in autumn. Research shows that Halloween and bonfire night are the worst nights of the year for burglaries (people are more likely to accidentally leave their door unlocked!).
We can’t do much to help if you leave your door unlocked, but at Britelite we pride ourselves on producing windows and doors that can keep your home as secure as it can possibly be. Read below to see how you can check if your current windows and doors are secure – if they’re not, it’s probably a good idea to replace them.
The first thing you need to do is check your window frames thoroughly. That means inspecting the interior and exterior, checking for any damage or weak spots that a potential intruder could break down. It’s rare for an entire window to be broken in a robbery; most break-ins happen through open windows, doors and broken locks. But it’s worth checking just in case.
To prevent tempting a potential robber, it’s worth keeping valuables and keys away from windows, and if you go away keep your curtains open. Closed curtains are a dead giveaway of an empty home! It’s also always worth putting a couple of lights on a timer switch to maintain the illusion of occupancy.
Only solid doors are reliably secure. At Britelite, we offer the full Solidor range, which are exceptionally secure. They have a unique solid timber core and are 48mm deep, making them 10% deeper than the nearest competitors.
Beyond having a solid door, you also need to make sure your locks are in good shape and are modern enough – many older locks are easy to break through. We use Ultion locks on our Solidor doors, which are meticulously designed to withstand both forceful break-ins and attempts to pick them. If forced entry is detected the lock goes into ‘lockdown mode’, where the central cam is forced shut and is protected deep insight a solid molybdenum core, which is secured with a special pin. Even if the burglar got past the Ultion’s first lock sections, it would be impossible to get past lockdown mode.
As additions to your peace of mine, we recommend installing a chain or bolt lock too – even though the Ultion lock is just about impossible to get through. It’s also a good idea to install a motion-detecting light by your door – these are proven to deter criminals.
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