At Roundhouse we believe in the art of designing a kitchen is to make it as clutter-free as possible to enhance the space. It’s ... Read Feature
The most vulnerable part of your property. More secure doors are thicker than original Victorian or later period doors – 65mm -therefore adding more timber and increasing the strength of the door dramatically. Use Banham mortice locks and always two deadlocks. Make sure these are locked when the property is empty and at night, engage at least one of these locks. If someone breaks in they cannot exit the front door.
Video doorbells and spy hole cameras
Great new products are on the market, replacing intercoms and the old spy hole with Wi-Fi video cameras that can alert you to motion straight to your mobile. Check out Ring.com.
Breaking a double-glazed window is hard work and more avoided by burglars these days as there is a higher chance of DNA being caught on the glazing materials.
Toughened glass is essential for front door glazed panels at the very least. Stained glass can be replicated within a double-glazed unit. Consider laminated glass for more vulnerable locations, such as rear and side positions of a property. Laminated glass does not shatter, rather like a car windscreen.
Window locks and hinges
Sashes should all have dead bolts (see bottom image), ideally in two positions, with lockable catches. Similarly handles and stays should all be lockable on casement windows.
French and folding doors should all have multi-point locks, usually operated with a single handle.
Makes sure there is no hiding place, such as a high hedge at the front of your property where someone has time to break in. Gravel is also a good old-fashioned deterrent!
Ring.com and Nest have affordable stick up cameras that can pick up motion and record it. You can’t have enough of them! Fixed recordable cameras are an upgrade on this.
If all else fails!
Check your policy to see what is required to be adequately insured.
Bespoke banquette seating makes a link between the kitchen and dining areas and can be upholstered to match other soft furnishings. This type of seating ... Read Feature