door that meets PAS 24: 2016. Do not forget that ladders and tools left outside can be used to assist burglars to break into your home. Ensure they are well secured within a garage or shed.


SHOULD I CONSIDER AN ALARM? Yes, fit a good intruder alarm system installed by a reputable dealer – there is guidance on the NSI and SSIAB accreditation for alarms on the SBD website (


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’. If refurbishing a door check that the frame is firmly fixed and sturdy. If it is weak or rotten, replace it. Check that the door hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws. For added security fit hinge bolts or security

hinges. These help to reinforce the hinge side of a door against force and protect the hinge if your door opens outwards.

If fitting locks to a standard wooden

door, fit a five-lever mortise lock plus a night latch or rim lock both tested to BS 3621 – these are a minimum insurance requirement. If your door is PVCu or composite then it should be fitted with a multipoint lock meeting BS 3621.

Always fit patio doors that are security

accredited to standard PAS24:2016. And most importantly, always remember to use the locks correctly! Double-lock PVC-U and multi-point locking doors – lift the handle and turn and remove the key.


COMES TO WINDOWS? If you are buying new windows or installing windows, always consider a security accredited product made to standard PAS24:2016, as it will be tested to British standards and thus will be insurance approved.

Win One of Five Google Home Devices (worth £129.00)

ARP Ltd has announced the launch of its photo competition. All you need to do is take some quality images of any ARP products which have been fitted and send them into ARP. Products can be gutters, fascias and soffits, copings, other bespoke pressings and downpipes in either aluminium or cast iron.

Winners will be chosen based on the best images and all those who enter will receive a free thermal mug as a thank you (while stocks last). The competition will run until 14th

home devices being won in October, two in November and one in December, giving you plenty of time to get your images in. Full terms and conditions and entry details can be found on the ARP website.

ARP is a leading UK manufacturer of aluminium and cast iron rainwater products. Renowned for its specialist knowledge and quality products, ARP can offer both the specifier and the installer the highest standards of performance, aesthetics, and durability. Its product range is made from the highest quality aluminium and cast iron and the company’s range of profiles ensure it has a style to suit any project.

0116 298 9495 Viessmann awarded Which? Best Buy status

Viessmann has secured a Which? Best Buy status for its six most popular Vitodens gas boilers for the second year in succession. The annual survey by Which? – the UK’s largest consumer organisation – conducts robust research in order to “reveal the boiler brands you can trust.” Viessmann is also one of only two boiler brands to score five stars for reliability, customer satisfaction, and engineers’ recommendations. In the overall brand assessment – based on reliability, customers’ scores, and the expert views of engineers – Viessmann scored second place in the table. Which? reports that the survey again resulted in “a huge difference in overall score between the best boiler brands and the worst.” Which? conducted the survey in May 2018, questioning just fewer than 12,000 boiler owners and 166 heating engineers who are registered Trusted Traders. The report stated that Viessmann’s boilers “have excellent build quality, are easy to repair and even non- incentivised heating engineers would recommend them.”

The six Which? ‘Best Buy’ boilers from Viessmann are: Vitodens 050-W 29 kW; Vitodens 100-W Combi 30 kW; Vitodens 100-W Open vent 26 kW; Vitodens 111-W DHW Storage 35 kW; Vitodens 200-W System 35 kW; Vitodens 200-W System 60 kW. november/december 2018 11 December, with two Google

Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retrofitted to many windows.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE? The Secured by Design website lists products that have achieved the rigorous Police Preferred Specification standards that are sufficiently robust to resist physical attack by casual and opportunistic burglars. Having robust, accredited products also means they will require less maintenance, repair and replacement.

Doug Skins is development officer at Secured By Design

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