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Windows and patio doors

Most newer patio doors have multi-locking mechanisms, but extra surface mounted patio locks and an anti-lift device to prevent them being lifted from their runners can be added to older doors to provide additional security and reduce the leverage points.

Windows are a common point of entry. Burglars tend to either force them open, remove the external beading or reach in through smaller fan light windows to open larger windows.

Ideally, windows should be internally beaded to prevent the glazed units being removed. External beading is sufficient if the glazed units have been secured in place with either security clips, security tape or sealant. Window handles should operate shoot bolts into the frame to provide more than one locking point.

If multi-locking handles aren't fitted, surface mounted, key operated window locks will provide additional security and reduce the leverage points.

All ground floor windows and any windows that are easily accessible above ground floor, should be made secure and have key operated window locks, unless they are being used as a fire escape.

Louvred windows are particularly vulnerable, as the individual panes can be removed from the frame. The panes should be secured in place with sealant or totally replaced with a fixed glass panel.

Internal fixed or collapsible security grilles can be used to protect vulnerable windows.

If windows are being replaced, the recommended standard for enhanced window security is British Standard PAS24.