A large proportion of offenders who commit burglaries are opportunistic, need quick money and so look for easy targets with the majority of offences involving forcing or breaking locked doors or closed/locked windows that do not meet basic security standards. Statistics published by the Association of British Insurers indicate that households who fitted security devices are less likely to experience a burglary than those without. The figures below are shown to be typical of the level of risk reduction that can be expected:
Doors fitted with deadlocks: 58%
Window locks: 33%
Burglar alarms: 56%
Security lights: 44%
Window grilles: 100%
Enhanced security makes committing a crime more difficult and increases the likelihood of the offender being caught.
Security Risk Assessments
A risk assessment of your premises is a vital part of our assessment of your security needs and forms the basis of recommending the most cost effective and appropriate security system for your use. The risk assessment is carried out free of charge by our specialist security surveyors and will enable us to recommend the appropriate type of security system and installation design, giving you the best possible protection against risks.
The risk assessment will take into account:
Potential entry and exit routes for intruders
The suitability of existing security systems in line with recommendations of the Association of British Insurers
The break-in history of your location
The needs for remote monitoring and police response.
The Association of British Insurers make the following recommendations in their July 2006 report entitled ‘Securing the Nation’.
Recommendations for commercial premises include :
- Doors and their surrounds should be able to resist manual attack for more than 15 minutes.
- Doors should have locking systems, such as multi-point deadlocks that meet British Standards, ideally being drill resistant.
- Door should be fitted with a security chain or opening limiter and have a viewer fitted.
- Doors should be flush with the building line, avoiding recesses and fit the frame well enough to prevent it from being forced open with jimmies or crowbars.
- Wooden doors should be at least 44mm thick. (It should be noted that materials such as UPVC and certain aluminium sections can have less strength and durability that wooden doors of the specified thickness).
- All glazing in doors should be of laminated glass to prevent accidents and to deny entry by breaking the glass.
- Security doors must meet Product Assessment Specification (PAS) 024.
General advise and extracts from The Association of British Insurers who make the following recommendations in their July 2006 report entitled ‘Securing the Nation’.
- Patio doors and their surrounds should be able to resist manual attack for more than 15 minutes.
- A multi-point deadlocking system with three or more hook bolts or similar should be fitted and the lock cylinders should incorporate anti-drill resistance.
- An anti-lift device should be fitted and the frame should not be easily demounted by access to screws or similar connections.
- Ground floor windows and those easily accessible above ground floor should be of an enhanced security specification. (Casement and tilt/turn windows for domestic applications should meet the requirements of BS 7950:2004.)
- Windows installed should meet the performance standards for relevant materials. (The current standards which demonstrate compliance are :Aluminium windows to BS 4872?PVC-U windows to BS 644?Timber windows to BS 644 (or the BWF Timber Window Scheme)?Steel windows to BS 6510
- Ground floor windows and those that are easily accessible to entry should have key operated locks.
- Glazing should be laminated to current standards of 6.4mm minimum thickness.
- Where Letterboxes are considered to be a point of potential weakness, letter cages should be used.
- Premises that have keys deposited out of hours should ensure that they drop into a secure receptacle and not onto the floor.
- If a risk assessment indicates any threat from arson or letter bombs, fire suppressing or blast-containing letterboxes should be fitted.
- Keys should be allocated a unique reference number and only given to nominated people.
- A register should be maintained of all key holders.
- Regular checks should be made to ensure that keys have not been mislaid.
- Nominated staff members need to be appointed as key holders to attend out of hours in the event of fire, crime or other emergency.
- Care should be taken to ensure that key holders are not compromised or called to the building under a false pretense, only to be threatened and forced to allow access to the building and switch off alarms.