Diamond Standard lock starting point for a safer home
POLICE have highlighted a lock bypass technique that is becoming increasingly popular with burglars.
The method – which cannot be described for obvious reasons – can easily be overcome by householders, according to The Master Locksmiths Association.
The association has worked with its testing and accreditation subsidiary company Sold Secure and developed a Diamond Standard for cylinder locks. Using only locks which meet this standard should thwart criminals using the bypass technique.
Recognised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Diamond Standard will ensure the locking system is protected against manipulation.
While getting hold of a Diamond Standard lock is the first step towards a more secure home, it is also worth using a professionally trained, vetted locksmith, such as a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, to specify and fit your lock for you to ensure it is not compromised in any way. It’s also advisable to seek advice on any other security upgrades you may want to consider.
The MLA’S top tips for boosting home security include:
Start by reviewing the exterior of your property to make sure there are no broken windows or access to your property through garages or conservatories. Lock away any tools and items such as ladders;
Ask a vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith to review your doors and windows (including internal doors to conservatories and garages) to make sure all your windows and doors have the most appropriate locks, they are in good condition, properly fitted and meet your insurance requirements;
Opportunist thieves can often approach houses that appear empty, so consider installing a number of light timers around the house to give the impression someone is home;
Dusk to dawn or sensor lighting to the front and back door of your home will deter potential thieves;
Alarms can be very effective, but you need to change the code regularly to gain maximum benefit from them;
Side windows can be smashed to reach keys and gain entry so consider adding reinforced glass or maybe even block up the window. Decorative grilles and bars can also vastly improve the security of a home without being detrimental to the aesthetics;
Home safes are becoming increasingly popular too, so you may want to consider asking a specialist locksmith to specify and install one;
You may also want to install top and bottom bolts on French doors or add sash jammers to UPVC doors;
While you are reviewing your security it is also worth considering when your keys were last replaced, whether past owners or tenants may still have access to your home and whether anyone may have made copies of your keys without your knowledge. If you are worried, ask a professional locksmith to change your locks and fit a patented system, whereby keys can only be copied with proof of ownership;
Consider your own influence on the level of security for your home and make sure you don’t indulge bad habits such as leaving keys in locks or in view that you and your family may have;
Simple tips such as always setting alarms, changing codes on a frequent basis and locking any side or back gates can make a substantial difference and deter attack;
Make sure you source a good quality lock to protect your garden shed and its contents, if you have one. (www.soldsecure. co.uk is a good source of advice on security products);
Finally, always use a reputable third party accredited tradesperson to advise on security or install products;
Visit www.locksmiths.co.uk to find out more about lock and security guidelines or to find an MLA locksmith.