Choosing the Right Lock for uPVC or Composite Doors

If you own a uPVC or composite door, you’re likely familiar with the importance of a robust locking system. Many of these doors operate using a multipoint locking system with a Euro lock cylinder. However, Euro lock cylinders are susceptible to lock snapping if they are not of the correct standard or are improperly installed.

To enhance your security:

  • Upgrade your lock cylinder to an TS007 lock that can withstand methods of attack, such as lock bumping, picking, drilling and snapping.
  • Consider adding a ‘Sash Jammer’ for added security, a cost-effective solution for uPVC doors or windows.

Securing Timber Doors

For those with timber doors, meeting the BS3621 standard is crucial for external door security. Look for the British Standard Kitemark on the faceplate of your mortice lock or night latch. No Kitemark means the lock is below the standard required. Additionally, consider installing a door chain and through the door viewer for increased security.

Other measures to take into account:

  • Install a letterbox restrictor if your lock allows a keyless method to open the door from the inside such as a thumb turn.
  • Strengthen or add security bars to glazing close to the lock.
  • Remember, 73% of burglars gain entry through a door, making door security a top priority.

Ensuring Window Security

All windows, both upstairs and downstairs, should have key-operated locks. Check your insurance requirements, because they may specify the need for locking security devices on all accessible windows.

Top tips for window security:

  • Use appropriate key-operated locks on all opening windows.
  • Consider window grilles and bars to deter intruders.
  • Reinforce window glass or apply security film to defend against direct attacks.

Managing Home Key Access

Do you know how many copies of your home keys are in existence? To enhance security:

  • Choose patented keys that require proof of ownership for duplication such as Mul-T-lock or ISEO locks.
  • Opt for restricted keys with a unique design that are challenging to copy. (Contact us for more information)
  • Change locks if you’ve recently moved house to prevent the use of spare sets.
  • Consider keyed alike locks for convenience and increased security.

Remember, the essence to overall home security is to lock all doors and windows diligently. For additional guidance and resources, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is a valuable reference where you find us as MLA members.

If you need one-to-one expert security advice, please contact us on 01733 552728 or fill out our contact form and one of our advisors will be in touch.

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