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Keeping your home safe and secure is an often overlooked aspect of DIY – but with a few simple steps you can make sure your home, loved ones and possessions are as safe as they can be. All of these security upgrades can be attempted by the DIYer, so review your home security, and think about upgrading now, while daylight stretches well into late evening.

Doors and locks

Make sure your doors and locks conform to these standards:

Front doors:
1. Should be solid timber at least 44mm thick
2. Fitted with a British Standard five-lever mortise lock
3. Also fitted with an automatic dead-locking rim-lock

Back doors
1. Should be solid timber at least 44mm thick
2. Have a five-lever mortise sash lock
3. Be fitted with two mortise bolts/surface mounted press bolts.

Make sure any glazing in your doors is reinforced 6.4mm glass, at the very least.

If your doors don’t meet these standards, then it’s time to think of upgrading… and all of the jobs, from fitting locks to hanging doors can be part of the DIYer’s jobs-to-do list.


There are so many security devices for windows, it’s impossible to list them all, but make sure you fit either lockable handles or simple security locks to your casement, sash or uPVC windows. If ventilation or child safety is an issue, you can also buy systems that lock windows in an open position. Think about your situation, and buy the correct lock for what you need.

More security tips
1. Gravel drives will always make a thief think twice, as it is virtually impossible to approach a house silently.

2. Having a visible burglar alarm and security lighting on the front, back and sides of the house are also a great idea. But make sure they are fitted out of the reach of any intruder. You might want to get a professional in to fix security lighting and an alarm, but there are also lots of systems out there suitable for the DIYer to install.

3. Motion sensitive lighting should also be positioned so it doesn’t aggravate the neighbours, and won’t be triggered by pets and wildlife if possible.

4. It’s also a great idea to get involved with the Neighbourhood Watch, or other similar groups. Making your area more secure makes your home more secure.

And finally…
People tend to improve their security after their homes – or their neighbours’ – have, unfortunately, been targeted. Don’t wait for the worst to happen, and upgrade your home now, for real peace of mind and protection.

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