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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Your front doors are the primary route of entry and exit into the house. You can improve home security by making simple adjustments to your front door.

AL Security  can advise you on your home security and carry out all the work!

Door, frames and locks – Wooden doors

A rim latch (Yale type) on its own is not sufficient. The door should also be fitted preferably with a 5 lever mortice deadlock, though insurance companies will accept a rim automatic deadlock; both must be to British Standard 3621 or the equivalent European Standard EN12209.
Advice on front door security while the house is occupied will vary, depending on whom you speak to. Fire Safety Officers will advise that, for safety reasons, the mortice deadbolt should not be engaged when the house is occupied, as locating and engaging the key can cause unnecessary delay in escaping from the scene of a fire. Crime Prevention Officers may suggest that a rim latch on its own is insufficient in providing adequate security and that engaging the lock would increase this, as well as the safety of young children in preventing them from wandering. Clearly these are issues which need to be considered. If you feel fire safety is the priority, additional security can be obtained by fitting draw bolts to the top and bottom of the door.
Quality locks are only as strong as the doors and frames to which they are attached. Ensure that the frame is sound and the door suitable for external use; for instance, a wooden hollow core door would not be suitable. It should be of substantial construction, at least 44mm (13/4″) thick to support the mortice lock and hung on three strong 100mm (4″) hinges. The rim latch and the mortice should be fitted 45 to 60cm (18-24″) apart. In the door itself recessed or decorative panels should be a minimum of 9mm (1/3″) thick.
Consider fitting a London Bar (metal strip on frame side) to support the strike box, or Birmingham bar to support the frame on the hinge side. If the door is weak consider fitting a sheet steel plate or door reinforcer on the outside covering the lock area.
Timber frames should be sound and securely bolted or screwed to the the walls every 600mm (23″) around the whole frame.

Letter boxes

Letter boxes can be used by the criminal, either to extract goods from within in close proximity to the door, commonly door keys, or to work vulnerable locking devices from the inside.
Letter plates should conform to British Standard. They should be positioned not closer then 400 mm from the door lock and under no circumstances should they be fitted to the bottom rail of the door. An internal cover plate offers additional security, as does a letter basket, though you might wish to consider removing the bottom, allowing the mail to fall to the floor and thus preventing theft of the mail.
Front door security
For added safety and security fit a spy hole and door chain or limiter. These will enable you to deal with callers to your front door whilst retaining a level of security.

UPVC/PVCU front doors

UPVC/PVCU front doors are generally unsuitable for retro-fit security devices. Not only is the material not strong enough to support devices fitted with steel screws unless secured into the internal metal framework, but such changes to the original design may invalidate an existing warranty or possibly damage the integral locking assembly. If in doubt, consult the installer/manufacturer. Modern designs will usually incorporate deadlock shoot bolts or a multi-point locking system, both throwing a number of bolts from the door into the frame. Under these circumstances there will not normally be any need for additional devices.

(Source: Met Police )

Burglar Alarm Advice

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Burglar Alarm Falkirk & Stirling

Most burglars are definitely put off by alarms. Our professional alarm service in Falkirk and Stirling has been helping domestic and commercial customers protect their property for over a decade. Although an alarm is an excellent deterrent in its own right, everybody, including the police and your insurers, will expect you to also achieve a minimum level of physical security as well. In fact everybody will tell you to sort out the physical security first and only afterwards put the alarm in. So be very aware that if you do have a top of the charts, bells and whistle alarm system in place and you get burgled and it’s discovered that you don’t have the right lock on your front door, your insurers may refuse to pay your claim.

If you currently have an alarm installed that you think it may not be suffice or you would like it upgraded, we can also help with this. We offer a free advice and quotation service for your alarm in Falkirk, Stirling and other areas within central Scotland.

Give us a call today on 07516 807585 or 01259 682014 and we can advise you on a security package tailored to your needs and budgets – from locks over additional security measures up to alarm installations. We cover Falkirk, Stirling and all surrounding areas.

(Source: The Crime Prevention Website)

Fitting your own Door Lock

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Your property not only keeps the most important thing in your world, your family and loved ones, safe, but what about all your possessions? Do you really want to keep all this safe and secure with a bit of DIY? Bit of a hope and a prayer?

Incorrectly specified and / or fitted locks are pretty much useless, so the best bet is to get advice from a specialist locksmith. If your lock looks like this one, you better phone us today to be safe!badlock

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