Secured by design what could be more reassuring?
Secured by Design – The official UK Police flagship initiative combining the principles of “designing out crime “with physical security – reassuring words taken from the Secured by design website an accreditation standard which is instantly recognisable by its unique logo.
-why do you need it and what does it mean? Regrettably statistics show that when it comes to burglaries here in the UK, Front doors are unfortunately the main source of access therefore they need to be made as secure as possible. So what can you expect a burglar to do gain entry and how do you protect against it – in many instances it depends upon your choice of door but entry is normally gained by either –
- Brute force as in attacking a door panel with a hammer or a foot or the like.
- Breaking a glazed panel
- Braking the lock by either snapping the mechanism or driving the mechanism through the door
If you would like to know a little more about how easy it is for the would be burglar to gain entry to your home just take a look at the Security page on our web site – of course it will never happen to you – you will never be a part of that 70% statistic of break ins through the front door – one look at the security page and you may re think that risk – the information as to how to break into the average home is there for all to see on YouTube where literally thousands of videos all but give the would be burglar step by step directions.
The best way to ensure that your door is as secure as it can be is to ensure that it complies with a “secured by design accreditation”, an accreditation that has been approved by the Police Force, and basically means that the door is upgraded to be as secure as possible in accordance with Police guidelines (check out the Secured by design web site if you want the full list of standards)
For a typical Composite Door the minimum Secured by design standards for lock, spy hole and security chains are as stated below –
- Secured by Design locks as standard, which means that they must comply with BS3261 or PAS 3621: 2011 “Thief resistant locks and multi point locks. Key egress.”
The minimum standard for locks on external, or entrance doors is that it should be acceptable to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the police service. The effectiveness of the lock also depends on the quality of the door, frame and other hardware which is not tested by this standard and which may fail before the lock.
- Spy-holes which must comply with DHF TS 002: 2009 Door viewers
Requirements and test methods for all forms of door viewer, designed to be used on doors in buildings, to allow occupants to detect and identify callers without having to reveal their own identity, or even their presence in some circumstances, to the caller.
- Security chains which must comply with. DHF TS 003: 2012Door chains and limiters
This standard specifies requirements and test methods for all forms of door opening restrictor designed to be used on doors in buildings.
And where glass is a component part of any door –
- the recommendation is to upgrade to laminated glass, which as it will not shatter prevents access
Plus to ensure that access cannot be gained by breaking the structure of the door all Secured by Design doors are required to meet the accreditation standard PAS 24 a set of rigorous controlled and monitored tests based upon the use of that same “brute force” we noted earlier this time extended over a 30 minute period to ensure the strength and security of the door set ( a pre-engineered unit where the door is pre hung in the frame during the manufacturing process) – every Global door is engineered in this manner.
Global put you our customer’s security above everything else, when it comes to the security of your new front door knowing that it meets with the stringent requirements of Secured by design certainly gives that extra feeling and wellbeing.
If for any reason when you have checked out the full specification of our Global Doors you consider that you require additional security requirements – simply give us a call and we will give you all the advice you need – as part of the GFD Group of companies we have our own lock and security web site a company called Eurosecure Ltd so you can be assured that the GFD Group is the very best place you can call to ensure the safety of your home.