Door Alarms and Door Security – What You Need to Know!

How safe is your home or office? Have you done a good enough job of security, fitting door alarms or a door security bar, even patio door restrictors? You might have thought about having an alarm fitted. Or do you just need a decent mortice deadlock? How to make the right decision? Here’s what you need to know about door security.


Is a Professionally Fitted Building Alarm Necessary?

A professionally installed and remotely monitored building alarm is probably the most secure option of all, where the police are automatically alerted when an intruder tries to gain access. It’s no surprise that buildings and contents insurers often take money off premiums when there’s a full blown building alarm in place. But sometimes it’s a bridge too far, not really necessary, out of proportion to the actual real-life risks you face as well as expensive to fit and maintain. So what are the alternatives?

Door Security choices for front doors

How good are your door locks? Insurance companies also often give discounts for good quality locks, for example five lever mortice deadlocks, which deliver enough of a deterrent to keep lazy intruders at bay. You might add extra security chains for UPVC doors, or a door security chain. There’s more to choose from in the shape of extra security bolts, clever hinge bolts, door viewers so you can see who’s out there, and door opening restraints. Depending on your circumstances an intercom, CCTV camera or security light can provide belt-and-braces protection.

As a rule, it’s always wise to fit more than one lock. As we’ve mentioned, many thieves are just too lazy to bother trying to get past multiple locks, and will give up in favour of lower hanging fruit, premises with fewer security measures. As you can imagine, every second you can delay their entry makes a difference. Some doors have a nightlatch and a mortice deadlock with at least 4 levers, which tends to be the minimum standard required by insurance companies. If you have UPVC doors, a multi-point locking mechanism is usually a wise move.

Sensible Security for Garages and Sheds

Most modern garage doors feature sturdy bolts that fix down into the ground and up into the lintel, with the second door locking to the bolted door thanks to a built in hasp and padlock, or shed bar. The up and over sort of garage door usually has built in side shoot bolts, and they’re usually pretty good. But if you want to make things extra-safe, you can bolster the doors’ existing security with a special door blocker. If you have a roller shutter door, operated electronically, simply adding a physical lock can make a big difference, again because most thieves will walk away if getting into a buiding proves too challenging or time consuming.

If you keep valuable or important stuff in a shed, the shed deserves the same security treatment as your building or home front and back doors. Add a good quality, multi-lever mortice deadlock if the construction of the shed or outbuilding allows it. And it’s no good having a brilliant lock but rubbish hinges. A thief will simply take the door off. You need sturdy hinges, ideally fitted using coach bolts.

Adding a big, strong quality hasp and padlock – or even a special shed locking bar – supports even better security. You can actually buy a shed alarm if the things you’re storing in there are worth the expense. Motion sensor lighting is a great deterrent, and – a quick word about windows – if the outbuilding has windows make sure they can be locked tight. You might even want to fit internal window security bars.

How To Choose the Right Security Measures?

The best approach is to carefully assess the risks first, then choose appropriate measures to reflect the specific risks you face at your home or business premises. Then you’ll land on an affordable, practical and effective solution. For the best in door security and other excellent security solutions visit