As crime rates increase, many people have growing concerns about the security of their property. But as some security systems are excessively confusing and expensive, choosing your locks and keys […]
Getting the Best Security for your Home
As crime rates increase, many people have growing concerns about the security of their property. But as some security systems are excessively confusing and expensive, choosing your locks and keys can be a difficult process. Many locksmiths say that people prefer low-cost solutions that are simple to operate and install.
Bolts are a fantastic, inexpensive addition to home security, and are often enough to boost the home owner’s sense of safety. Simply sliding the bolt into place makes people feel that their door will be too difficult to access for an intruder to bother with. They are effective deterrents for potential burglars, but only if they are sited in the correct place. My colleague, who runs a Coventry locksmith service, advises that bolts should be placed more than an arm’s length from windows. This prevents intruders from smashing windows and stretching up to release the bolt.
Bolts are not suitable for use on uPVC doors or windows, but there are similar products that are just as effective. Sash Jammers can be installed cheaply and easily by any professional locksmith, and are designed to slide over your window or door frames. This makes it impossible for intruders to open the window or door from outside of the property. They are constructed with an extremely strong and durable metal lever and a uPVC coating, making them a subtle, unobtrusive choice.
For optimum security for doors, many locksmiths suggest that the combination of a five lever mortice and a Yale-style rim latch is the best choice. You could consider an additional, second mortice lock, placing one at the foot of the door and one at the top. This has the effect of distributing any impact on the door, making your house extremely difficult to access through force.