Windows and doors
If your windows and doors aren't secure, neither
is your home.
Two thirds of burglars get in through a door and a third through a
window so security is vital.
Follow our advice to help keep your home
If you are replacing windows install ones
certified to British Standard BS7950 'windows of
enhanced security'. Also think about using laminated glass
6.4mm or greater, particularly in ground floor and
accessible windows as it’s much harder to break.
On double glazed windows
the laminated glass should be installed as the inner pane.
Fit window locks to all easy to reach windows, for example,
those on the ground floor, above a flat roof or near a
DIY shops sell inexpensive locks to fit most windows but remember
to remove keys from locks and store them somewhere out of sight.
Your insurance could be affected if you don’t.
Security is vital, but at least one window in each room at first
floor or higher level must have a means of escape.
Doors and their frames should be strong and in good condition.
If your front and back doors are not secure neither is your
If you are replacing a door, improve your security by installing
one that is certified to British Standard PAS 24-1
‘doors of enhanced security'.
can have the most wonderful secure door but if you don’t bother to
lock it, you’ve breached your own security.
Heather Gurden, Senior Architectural Liaison
If your door doesn’t have a window to help you check who’s at
the door, fit a door viewer and chain.
Strengthen wooden doors by fitting a steel strip and plates to
the door frame and around the lock. These are commonly called
London and Essex bars.
Make sure hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long
screws. For added security fit a pair of hinge bolts.
Never hang a spare key inside the letterbox – it’s an obvious
place that a thief will check.
Keep your doors locked even when you are at home. If you have a
door, be sure to lock it properly by lifting up the handle
and using a key.
Think about fitting a rim latch, a device that locks
automatically when the door is closed but can be opened from the
inside without a key. Look for BS3621 kite marked
Consider fitting an IDentislot which allows callers to pass
their identification cards through without having to open the