Security in your Edwardian house
A beautiful period property can look good but can also present extra problems when considering your house security, especially if you still have the original fittings. Rather than going for uPVC windows and doors, you may be considering upgrading or replacing your existing wooden fixtures, which will, of course, be more in keeping with the age of the property.
Let’s look at your options for your sash window security for a start.
Don’t rely on just the central sash fasteners. Ask your ITCC locksmith about additional sash fasteners to each window. These are strong and easy to use, and mean you can leave the window open a few inches for ventilation whilst still being secure. Fit two – one at each side of the window. Or think about using the dual screw. These, in effect, bolt the two sashes together. An extra bonus is that by doing this, you also reduce draughts coming through your window.
Do you have the ’tilt to clean’ type of sliding sash? These not only slide up and down but also tilt inwards for cleaning by undoing two clips on top of each moving sash. This type of window should be secured by fitting both sash stops and dual screws.
Perhaps your Edwardian property has wooden French doors. To make sure this entrance is as secure as possible, consider using mortice rack bolts. You could also fit hinge bolts if your doors open outwards: fit a hinge side below and above hinges of wooden doors. Or how about asking the ITCC locksmith to fit a lock guard over the mortice lock? This prevents intruders from being able to jam your door.
There are a number of ways in which you can improve the security level of your front door, too. Considering the construction of the door first of all, here are two pieces of advice from ITCC’s locksmith expert:
- You might want to think about replacing ordinary or toughened glass panels with laminated glass (that is, two pieces of glass bonded together with a sheet of laminate) as they offer much greater resistance to attack.
- The timber frame should also be robust, so ensure that the frame is sound and the door suitable for external use. The frame should be of substantial construction, at least 44mm (13/4″) thick and hung on three strong 100mm (4″) hinges.
Where locks are concerned, a Yale lock on its own is not sufficient. The door should also be fitted preferably with a 5 lever mortice deadlock.
You could also consider fitting a door chain, and perhaps a door viewer.
Don’t forget though: no amount of security will help if you don’t use the locks and keys you already have. Take the advice of the ITCC locksmith and lock up every time you go out – even if it’s only for a few minutes!