Quality Locks is encouraging homeowners to prepare for the festive period with its range of home security products from UAP Limited.
With the clocks going back and Christmas right around the corner your home is at its most vulnerable in the coming weeks. It can be left empty, sometimes for days at a time, as you shop, socialise and attend festive events.
Darker evenings provide ideal cover for thieves and expensive Christmas presents sat under your Christmas tree provide temptation, so it’s little surprise that burglaries, thefts and robberies increase over the festive period.
Recent figures show that robberies rose by 20% from 2015/2016 to 2016/2017. Analysis of 2016 crime statistics shows that during the festive season an average of 448 burglaries, 65 robberies and 1,082 thefts are committed each day.
With this in mind, here are top products for improving your home security – that you can install yourself – to keep your home safe over Christmas and beyond!
1. High Security Euro Cylinder
The cylinder is the part of the lock that your key goes into. If it’s not secure your door is vulnerable to common burglary attacks.
The one way to be sure that your lock is protected against lock breaking attacks is to look out for the BSI Kitemark. This globally recognised and trusted symbol demonstrates that a product is of high quality, secure and reliable as it has been thoroughly tested and checked.
At Quality Locks we stock a range of BSI 1 Star and 3 Star Kitemarked Cylinders which are approved by the UK Police preferred specification initiative, Secured by Design. They can protect a home against common lock breaking attacks such as bumping, picking, drilling and snapping!
2. High Security Door Handle
The UAP 2 Star Kitemarked High Security Front Door Handle, available at Quality Locks, has been designed to stop advanced attack methods used by burglars and gives a clean and modern finish to any entrance door.
An integrated cylinder guard resists drilling attacks and ensures that one of the most common break-in methods, lock snapping, is prevented. Self-adhesive backing tabs on the internal and external handle add to the attack resistance and ensure the handle is easy to fit.
The 2 Star Kitemarked Handle has been awarded Secured by Design approval by the Association of Police Officers. For maximum security, it can be installed with a 1 Star Kitemarked Cylinder. This will give your door 3 star security and qualify you for UAP’s £5,000 anti-burglary guarantee!
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that in the UK over 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured yearly from unsecured windows which they fall out of.
A small yet effective and affordable solution is the UAP window restrictor from Quality Locks, available in fixed and lockable versions. A 20cm long cable will restrict the opening of a window to under 100mm – when installed correctly. Not only will this prevent children from fitting through the gap, it allows enough air to circulate around a room.
Each version of the window restrictor can withstand forces of over 100kg – twice the industry standard of 50kg! The window restrictor cable itself is made from hardened steel which makes it difficult to cut. This makes it the a good security solution for ground floor windows as it enables you to leave your window open without your home being broken into.
Sash jammers are a must have for uPVC windows and doors as they’re a low cost and effective addition to home security.
Burglars commonly use door spreaders to prise open uPVC windows and doors by levering the window sash or door leaf and gain entry into a home. When a sash jammer is fitted a twist of the handle secures it over the uPVC frame and offers resistance to deter forced entry.
5. High Security Door Chain
A secure door should not only protect against break-ins whilst homeowners are away, but offer protection from intruders knocking and getting their foot in the door.
The UAP TS003 Narrow Door Chain is one of the only door chains on the marked to be awarded Secured by Design approval by the association of police officers. Each link in the chain is made from high grade steel and individually welded, which is why the chain can exceed a breaking force of over 2kN (200kg)!
Your letterbox is a vulnerable point on your door. Criminals can peer through it for signs of an empty home, unwanted items can be pushed through it and thieves can ‘fish’ valuable items such as keys and wallets without having to enter your property.
At Quality Locks we stock screw fix and hidden fix Letterbox Security Shroud Restrictors which will stop hands getting through your letterbox! This simple but effective device stops the inner flap from opening more than 40 degrees which stops unwanted handles being able to manoeuvre a rod inside, meaning any valuables left on show are safe from fishing.
We’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have about any of our products. Contact our team today by calling 0161 796 7268 or 0800 197 5625. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.