Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How Tradesmen Can Offer Homeowners Peace Of Mind

Recent statistics have revealed that home burglaries increase by 20% during winter evenings. As doors are the main point of access into a property, particular attention should be paid to ensure that these areas are secure. 
In celebration of National Home Security Month (October 2014), Martin Smith, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, looks at how tradespeople can advise customers on the security options available to keep their homes protected.

With the nights drawing in, homeowners and businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make their premises more secure. Fortunately, there are countless products on the market that can help protect a property but it makes sense for tradespeople to suggest high-quality security products that are easy to install and cost-effective.
 Mortice locks are the perfect security solution for external doors as they have solid deadlocks and hardened steel rollers that are drill and force resistant, therefore providing robust and durable protection. The A-Spec BS36215 Lever Deadlock is one of the most popular locks on the market because it is drill, pick and force resistant, and the stainless steel anti-thrust and anti-saw bolt provides ultimate peace of mind and security. As deadlocks can only be opened with a key, it prevents thieves from smashing glass panels to open the door from the inside.

Tradespeople should also recommend locks that have been tested and certified to British Standard 3621:2004. They provide exceptional security because they have been rigorously tested for burglar resistance, which includes lock picking and tampering. It is worth noting that many insurance companies recognise this British Standard and will reduce their premiums accordingly. Examples of locks which conform to this standard are the Yale Double Locking Nightlatch .

Kickstop door reinforcing products are designed specifically to reinforce and strengthen the door and frame around existing locks and hinges. They don’t require locking or bolting, and once fitted they automatically provide additional physical security every time the door is closed and locked. As such they are recommended by the Metropolitan Police to protect against ‘kick-in’ attacks.

If the door in question doesn’t have a window or other means of checking who’s at the door, it is also worth suggesting the installation of a door viewer. To enhance safety, electronic door viewers offer a contemporary and state-of-the-art way of securing premises. The door viewer displays a live image of who is entering the grounds which is more accurate than using a standard door viewer. This clearer image gives the user an additional level of security as they do not have to open the door to unsolicited callers.

Trade professionals who are unsure about any security products can find out more by talking to their supplier.

For more information visit

Ironmongery Direct
Scimitar Park
SS13 1ND
T: 0808 168 28 28

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