Thanks to vast improvements in home security, crime figures are showing that incidents of domestic burglary have been steadily declining since their peak in 1993. The ONS found in their “Overview of burglary and other household theft: England and Wales” (July 2017) that incidents are now at a record low of 650,0002 incidents for the year ending March 2017.
Around 2 in 100 households had been victims of domestic burglary; which compares favourably to around 9 in 100 households in the year ending December 1995, meaning that households are currently four times less likely to be a victim of burglary than in 1995.
This fall in crime figures coincides with advances in home security such as alarm systems, motion sensor security lights and cameras, as well as improvements to front door design to intruder proof this popular access points against would be burglars.
According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales (20th July 2017), in 70% of all domestic burglaries, the offender gained entry through an external door.
If you’re looking for the most secure front door option, you will find that a Double Rebate Door is the best choice on the market. They are about 60% thicker than a standard door and are made from an extremely strong and durable material, which offers a marked increase in security and strength
Our double rebate doors are manufactured in accordance with Secured by Design, a Police backed initiative. As it says on their website “Secured by Design status is restricted to companies or products that have been successfully tested to the high standards set by Secured by Design and meet Police Preferred Specification”.
Our Secured by Design doors have a number of additional standard features, all chosen for the ability to create a stronger first line of defence against intruders. These features include include multi-point locking systems, Yale cylinder locks, reinforced hinges and anti-drill, anti-pick and anti-snap Kite marked cylinder lock barrels.
There are two other security features that are worth highlighting. Firstly, steel dog bolts. These are steel pins fitted to the hinge side of the door. This stops intruders lifting the door off by its hinges. You would be surprised how many doors miss this simple feature.
Secondly, all our doors are fitted with anti-bump locks. You open a door by sliding in the key and turning it. This lifts up the pins clear of the metal strip that stops the barrel of the lock turning when the pins are down. But if you shove the key in fast enough, you get enough inertia into the pins to make them fly above the metal strip, and then you can turn the lock. But you have to be quick. And you can’t do it at all with our locks.
In addition, all our doors are fitted with toughened glass as standard. Our 44mm doors are fitted with double glazed units, but our double rebate 70mm doors are fitted with triple glazed anti-tamper glazing. This is a lot of glass for an intruder to break through.
With their strong build and top of the range locking systems you can see why from a security point of view that our double rebate door wins over single rebate hands down.
For more information about our range of enhanced security front doors please contact Radley Windows on 01235 512233.