When you are thinking about home security, one of the first questions that springs to mind must be, are my entrance doors secure enough?

Most front and regular back doors these days are made from UPVC or composite and fitted with multi point locks, making them robust and, providing they are well maintained and meet the necessary standards, they will offer a high level of security.

However, not all types of door offer this peace of mind, and certain types of property can be more prone to security risks than others too. In this two-part serialised post we are taking a look at a selection of the more susceptible types of door or property, and offering suggestions on how security can be boosted in these particular situations.

Patio Doors

Thousands of patio doors were installed during the 1970s and 1980s. The fact they opened up rooms to let in more light and had the added bonus of saving space inside and out made them very popular. Older patio doors are still very much in use; however they are now considered something of a security risk due to the fact that many of them can be lifted off their tracks using something as simple as a garden spade.

Other than replacing older patio doors with new versions that are certificated to PAS 24:2012, there are a few initiatives you can take to secure existing patio doors. Firstly, ensure they cannot be lifted off their tracks by fitting a timber batten into the top frame so the distance the door can be lifted is limited. Secondly, fit a pair of patio door locks at the top and bottom of the frame next to the fixed door or onto the stile of the fixed door. This way, if force is applied then the locks will be forced into the fixed door.

Basement Flat Doors

Basement flats with entrances below street level are at a disadvantage due to the fact the entrance door is concealed from street view, meaning intruders have time and privacy on their side whilst attempting a break-in out of sight of natural surveillance. Basement flat security is really a subject in itself and one we’ll cover in a future post. But for now, we’ll keep our focus on the door element.

Entrance doors to basement flats should ideally be certificated to PAS 24:2012, or preferably LPS 1175 SR2 which is the higher standard offering the added benefit of unbreakable glass. Whilst these standards offer greatly enhanced security, you do of course have to consider budget.

If you are looking to maintain your existing doors then their security can be enhanced by upgrading the locks to those that meet British Standards. Consider locks and cylinders that use restricted keys which can only be cut by authorised locksmiths on presentation of an owner’s registration card or a letter of authority and proof of id. For absolute peace of mind, engage a professional locksmith who is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, as they will be able to offer you tailored, expert advice for your particular type of door and setting.

Something that is very important to bear in mind is that quite often it is a requirement that entrance doors to basement flats are fire resistant, in which case you will need to liaise with your local authority’s Building Control before making any upgrades.

Coming up in Part Two …

The entryway to any property is a key consideration and seeking expert advice will help you make the right decisions about what is one of the most important aspects of your home security plan.

In part two of this blog series coming up later this month, we’ll be offering advice on dealing with recessed entrance doors, as well as doors to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). In the meantime, if you would like to talk to an expert about door security, please get in touch or call in to see us in our London showroom. We’ll be delighted to assist.