What do we mean by "approved door and window locks" fitted?

  1. All accessible windows have key operated locks (see example a).
  2. Any hinged main entrance door and other external doors are fitted with:
    • If a wooden door
    • a five lever mortice deadlock (see example b) or
    • a cylinder rim deadlatch with a key-locking handle on the inside or
    • any lock approved to the British Standard BS3621 (see example c) or
    • If a PVCu (plastic) door
    • a multi-point lock (see example d).
  3. Any sliding, e.g. patio, doors need to have a key operated patio-door lock mounted inside on the centre rails (see example e).
  4. Any hinged external door having a lock that does not meet one of the four options above needs to have a key operated security device fitted to both the top and bottom of the door (see example f) in addition to any existing lock.

Note. Our usual requirements are based on the most common types of security devices used to secure the usual range of doors/windows fitted to typical homes. Of necessity they are not intended to prescribe an ‘ideal’ level of security nor can they cater for every situation. In case of query/difficulty in meeting them you should refer to us &/or seek advice from a competent locksmith, e.g. a member of the Master Locksmiths Association - see www.locksmiths.co.uk or Tel 01327 262255.

If you wish to undertake a wider review your home’s security &/or seek more detailed physical security information, we have two other sources of advice you may care to view:

  1. 10 Steps making your home physically secure: https://www.aviva.co.uk/home/home-advice/article/10-steps-making-your-home-physically-secure/
  2. RISC Authority S24 – Physical security for homes: guidance for occupiers: http://www.riscauthority.co.uk/free-document-library/RISCAuthority-Library_detail.s24-physical-security-for-homes-guidance-for-occupiers.html

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