Secured by design

How to improve your home security with Secured by Design

You can easily improve your home security by using products supported by Secured by Design – the official UK Police initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’.

The scheme promotes the use of security standards and products receive the stamp of approval once they have met Secured by Design’s rigorous testing guidelines, giving you better piece of mind.

Research has indicated that homes using products and materials that meet Secured by Design’s standard are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage.

When should you consider improving your home security with Secured by Design?

Old frames, especially timber ones, are likely to have been saturated by rain and mould, and over the years their defence against the elements lessens, which can weaken the frames.

Old glazing can often lead to condensation building up in your windows, revealing gaps in the panels and making it easier for thieves to break in.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time to upgrade the security of your windows and doors. Secured by Design windows come with fully reinforced frames and more secure glass units, especially where a window can be susceptible to break ins like a window at the back of the property. Ground floor windows usually have laminated glass, which is 6.4mm thick compared to the standard 4mm.

Get in touch today and our friendly team will be able to guide you on the best products to suit all budgets – 01785 811558.

What else can you do to improve your home security?

  • If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables.
  • Choose a supplier by looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet high standards.
  • When buying a new a door it is better to buy a new door set, the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’.
  • If your door is PVCu or Composite then it should be fitted with a Multipoint lock.
  • When buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.

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