Did you know that 90% of burglars gain entry through the front or back door?

This Home Security Month we’re reminding customers to double down on their security as the nights get darker and winter draws in.

Theft insurance claims increase by 34 per cent during the winter months, according to research from Co-Op Insurance – with bonfire night alone seeing an increase of 42 per cent in burglary claims, according to Aviva Insurance.

Home Security Month tips to protect your home

  1. Old frames, especially timber ones, are likely to have been saturated by rain and mould, and over the years their defence against the elements lessens, which can weaken the frames. Check the condition of your frames and make sure they are sturdy enough to resist intruders
  2. Old glazing can often lead to condensation building up in your windows, revealing gaps in the panels and making it easier for thieves to break in. Check to see if your windows have a build up of condensation; if they do, then it’s time to replace them
  3. If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables
  4. Protect your gateways by using a cut-resistant padlock and ensure gates are in good condition
  5. Invest in some outdoor sensor lights to put off potential thieves. You can also use smart home technology to set lights to come on at varied times
  6. Choose a supplier by looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet high standards
  7. When buying a new a door it is better to buy a new door set, the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’
  8. If your door is PVCu or Composite then it should be fitted with a Multipoint lock
  9. When buying patio doors, ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors

Protect your home with Secured by Design Accredited windows and doors

Guy Basnett, Target Windows director, said it is especially important to ensure windows and doors are Secured by Design Accredited. This is a national police crime prevention initiative which encourages manufacturers of products like doors and windows to attain SBD’s Police Preferred Specification. Research has indicated that homes using products and materials that meet Secured by Design’s standard are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage.

Mr Basnett said: “Old frames, especially timber ones, are likely to have been saturated by rain and mould, and over the years their defence against the elements lessens, which can weaken the frames.

“SBD products are more robust to resist physical attack and as a result they last longer and require less maintenance. This Home Security Month is a great time to really take a good look at your home and make sure you are putting off potential thieves with extra precautions.”

For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.