BASIC HINTS AND TIPS ON HOME
Please take a few moments to read about basic home security
• Who has keys to your new home? Please consider replacing
all external door locks when you move into your new
• Front doors are required to have BS3621 locks fitted.
If installing a deadlock the bolt must shoot at a minimum
of 20mm. The lock must have a visible BS Kite mark stamped
on the lock. If fitting a rim mounted (Yale type) lock
this has to auto deadlock and internal turn deadlocked
via a key when the last person is exiting the property.
• Rear Doors are also required to have BS3621 Locks
fitted and/or key operated security bolts operable from
inside only. The 5 lever mortice lock can use a key
from both sides.
• Fit appropriate key operable locks to the top and
bottom of French windows and patio doors. Patio doors
may require 2 locks. French doors last closing leaf
may only be done. Please check with insurer.
• Windows on ground level, basement level must have
window locks. Easily accessed windows must also have
locks fitted. All locks must be operated by a key.
• Don't leave door keys visible or within easy reach
via a long pole or hook.
• Make sure all windows and doors are locked shut when
leaving the property.
• Padlock or secure ladders and steps.
• Keep your sheds and outbuildings locked; burglars
may use your tools to gain access to your house.
• Cable lock down and secure your lawnmowers, bikes
and gas barbeques, even inside your shed or garage.
They all have a value!
• Close your curtains and leave a low light on in the
lounge and/or bedroom if you are going out for the evening;
a simple timer can be fitted to internal lights. Remember
to use eco light bulbs!
• Always set your intruder alarm before you go out.
You may not be insured if not!
• Remember to open curtains and/or blinds during the
day, they may attract burglars.
• Cancel your milk and paper deliveries if you are going
on holiday and ask a neighbour to remove any post or
newspapers left showing in your letterbox
• Mow your lawn before you go on holiday.
• Ask a friend or neighbour to keep a check on your