National Security Month

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National Security Month

Published 05/10/2015

Is Your Home Burglar Proof?

At Premdor, we’re naturally passionate about home security, and that’s why we’re supporting National Home Security Month, which runs from 1st October 2015. Here we will share top tips to help ensure that your home is as safe and secure as possible, and to ultimately minimise the risk of burglary. Expert advice includes:

  • Choosing the right locks
  • Ensuring that your doors are safe and strong
  • How to be ‘door sure’

What is National Home Security Month?

National Home Security Month is an awareness campaign running throughout the month of October, with the purpose of educating homeowners, landlords and tenants about the importance of home security. This year, it is segmented into 5 weeks, each with a different theme. They are:

  • Week 1 (w/c 28 September) – introduction and hits and tips to keep homes safe
  • Week 2 (w/c 5 October) – protecting entry points with the right locks
  • Week 3 (w/c 12 October) – keeping your valuables safe
  • Week 4 (w/c 19 October) – outdoor security
  • Week 5 (w/c 26 October) – smart home security and the latest security gadgets

Why is it important?

For the year ending March 2015, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated 785,000 incidents of domestic burglary, with 559,000 of those in a dwelling, and 225,000 in a non-connected building to a dwelling (like an outbuilding). Of those, it’s estimated that of those incidents, 2.7% were victims more than once. In addition, burglaries increase when the clocks are put back, with criminals taking advantage of the darker nights. Naturally, we all think that’s too much!

What about door security standards?

Secured by Design (SBD), the official UK Police initiative, has an objective to reduce burglary by ‘designing out crime’ through the use of physical security standards for a range of products. Premdor's Sound Secure FD30 Timber Doorset for apartment entrances have full SBD approval, meeting scheme requirements PAS023 and PAS024, they are also independently certified and tested within the TRADA Q Mark Scheme. Our new collection of pre-hung composite doorsets, delivered as a complete assembly, also comes with SBD approval as standard – the perfect choice for homeowners.

Don’t let poor door habits lead to burglaries

It’s not just about the strength of your door though. Surprisingly, burglaries using your keys to open the door, rather than breaking and entering, are on the rise.

Research by LV showed that in 2014 more than 6,000 burglaries were carried out by intruders locating the keys to the property and using them to simply unlock the door and let themselves in. So it pays to develop good door habits to minimise this happening. We’ve rounded up some of the most useful tips to keep you ‘door-sure’:

  • Double-lock your door when you’re going out or to bed
  • Never attach your keys to the letterbox, nor hang them within reach or sight of the letterbox, where a burglar can pull them through and open the door
  • Don’t leave keys in predictable outside spaces, like under doormats or flowerpots - burglars are resourceful and these are the first places they will check
  • Give your children their own key rather than leaving one in an insecure place
  • Keep your spare key with a neighbour or in a secret place not on your property. If you must hide keys on your property (for those emergencies involving lost keys or getting locked out), lock them somewhere they’re only accessible by passcode
  • If you do need to leave a key for someone to access your house, consider a hidden but secure key-safe outside that can only be unlocked with a passcode

Safety in numbers

Aside from ensuring that your door and locks are high quality and in good working order, Initiatives, such as Home Security month, will undoubtedly help raise awareness, and ensure that homes are as well protected as possible. Another tried and tested scheme that is still going strong is Neighbourhood Watch. It may have been around for years, but has certainly stood the test of time and is widely backed by the police as a valid burglar deterrent, showing that it can make a big difference when neighbours work together to build a safer community.

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