UPVC windows and doors are said to be one of the best defenses when it comes to securing your property from burglars, this is why they are so commonly used across the UK. With this said it is still important to check the type of lock that has been supplied with your windows and doors as the wrong kind could reduce their overall security. Below is some information on the best kind of locks to use to ensure your windows and doors are as secure as possible.
Cylinder Lock Snapping
Default locks and handles that are usually fitted to uPVC windows and doors are not always the most secure option and may leave your property vulnerable to a break-in.
Burglars have picked up on a technique called lock snapping that allows them to quickly gain entry to your property. This is a very popular method of gaining entry and it is used in a huge percentage of break-ins.
This technique, unfortunately, is incredibly easy and once the cylinder of a lock is compromised the overall security of the lock is also compromised meaning burglars are able to enter your property with no resistance.
Preventing This Issue
The best way to safeguard your property and avoid becoming a victim of lock snapping is to upgrade the locks on your uPVC windows and doors to more secure anti snap cylinders. These locks have been designed to combat lock snapping. If a burglar was to try and snap one of these locks only the barrel of the lock would snap, leaving the locking mechanism secure. If this were to happen your property would remain secure and you would still be able to lock and unlock your property with your key. However, it is recommenced that you have your locks replaced as soon as possible.
Most uPVC windows are made with locks already fitted, and in most cases, they cannot be changed. This is due to the frame not being strong enough to support a lock that has not been built in. The locks fitted in uPVC windows are usually good quality locks, usually deadlock shoot bolts or espagnolette locks. Both of these types of locks work well but for extra security they can be reinforced with hardened aluminium or galvanised steel added to the hollow body.
This is something that needs to be done at the manufacturing stage as it cannot be done after the window is made. Internal beading is another security feature as it stops the glass from being lifted from the frame from outside of your property. The minimum level of security all new windows should be built to is the British Standard 7950 kit mark.
If you are unsure of the security of your uPVC window and door locks or you wish to upgrade your locks then contact Lock It Security today – 02380 453 539