Basement Flat Security Tips

Jun 03, 2015

It is widely agreed that in London, basement flats can prove to be excellent value for money and are considered a great way to gain access to a city location, with a slightly reduced price tag in comparison to ‘above ground’ accommodation.

Most basement flats in London are to be found within converted town houses, and generally have their own entrances, which is another great pull as shared access is often considered off-putting. However, with entrances below street level and a lack of light leading to an inclination to install doors that are half or three-quarters glazed, various security issues can arise. In this post we look at some of the most common of these security issues, with suggestions on how to combat them. (more…)

Security and Fire Safety in Flats

May 14, 2015

Sometimes security measures can impinge upon fire safety provision, or vice versa, fire safety processes can have an effect on the efficiency of security. However, it is essential that both are equally balanced. People need to feel secure in their homes, but they must have a clear path of evacuation in the event of fire. Some types of building are more prone to issues than others, for example blocks of and basement flats.

The good news is that experienced security experts will be able to come up with an effective security plan that is also evacuation and fire safe, whatever the building type, so it is well worth seeking advice before embarking on any upgrades or works.

You may also find this post helpful, as we are taking a look at some of the property types that are more prone to clashes between security and fire safety, assessing the typical problems and offering suggestions on how they can be overcome. (more…)

Security Through the Seasons

May 06, 2015

On this blog and in our newsletters we’ll often offer topical advice that goes hand in hand with the seasons of the year. After all, as the seasons change, so do security considerations.

So we thought we’d gather together some of the most popular seasonal guidance from the past couple of years and put everything together here in one place so you can use it as a central reference point and come back to it as we move through the year. Just remember, as the weather changes, check the Barry Bros Security seasons blog! (more…)

Security Solutions for Doors at a Disadvantage: Part Two

Apr 14, 2015

In part one of this two-part blog series on entrance door security, we talked about the fact that not all types of door offer the same peace of mind when it comes to keeping you safe inside, and keeping intruders out. Some entryways, like the patio doors we discussed in the last post, can be more prone to risk. And certain types of property, such as basement flats – also covered in part one – can pose higher risks.

Here in part two we’re continuing the theme, starting with a look at what can be done to secure recessed front doors, then moving on to the subject of entrance doors in houses in multiple occupation, which need a great deal of consideration when it comes to meet regulations. (more…)

Security Solutions for Doors at a Disadvantage: Part One

Apr 07, 2015

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. (more…)

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