Burglary Prevention Through Use of Window & Door Restrictors
April 22, 2022
How window and door restrictors aid in burglary prevention and influence criminal behaviour in communitiesFeeling safe and being safe in your own home are two completely different things, and two important aspects of home security. Feeling safe means you’re emotionally secure in the dwelling, whether you’re alone or with your family. However, although you’re feeling safe you might not actually be safe. It’s likely that you have one or two of your windows or doors open to let fresh air in or to allow your pets to move freely in and out of your home. Without security measures like window or door restrictors in place though, this could potentially leave you vulnerable and could mean the difference between feeling safe and actually being safe. The office for National Statistics continuously conducts annual surveys in communities to shed some light about criminal activity in these areas, with the most recent findings published in July 2017. With updated results, security service providers and product providers like LockLatch can gain insight into crime trends and adapt offerings to coincide with these findings.
LOCKLATCH™: THE ONLY WINDOW RESTRICTOR YOU WILL NEEDWe’ve already determined that window or door restrictors are an essential element in securing your home or office, but with a multitude of products available on the market it can be hard to know which one is right for you. LockLatch, with its unparalleled versatility, is the perfect solution in most cases, regardless of the type of door or window you wish to secure. Let’s take a deeper look at what makes LockLatch stand out when it comes to door and window safety.
What Makes LockLatch™ the Best Window RestrictorsThere are many features that make the LockLatch range superior to competitors. Its patented design, and C304 stainless steel construction make it one of the toughest and most durable security solutions on the market. By design, LockLatch is intended to secure your doors and windows in the open position and this feature really sets it apart. We have already mentioned the need to keep your windows and doors open to ensure that your home is adequately ventilated and you’re getting enough fresh air without compromising on feelings of safety.
Door Restrictors, Window Restrictors and Latch Locks Made EasyThe LockLatch range offers unparalleled versatility with three devices and an adjustable design, which means it can be easily installed on any type of window or door. The installation is so simple that it can be completed in minutes with minimal DIY knowledge and a few tools. The three devices in the range feature the same design, but the size variations make them uniquely suited to different purposes. The MiniLatch allows for an opening of 4.5 to 8cm making it a perfect window restrictor for keeping indoor pets inside, making the home safer for children or simply securing your windows. LockLatch allows for an opening of between 9 and 17cm making it ideal for providing ventilation without compromising on security. The PetLatch has the largest opening of between 14.5 and 23cm and is designed to provide an alternative for pet access for small to medium sized pets.
The Most Cost-Effective Window Opening Restrictor ChoiceWhen you consider the efficacy, versatility and ease of installation, it is surprising that LockLatch provides such a cost effective solution. The LockLatch and MiniLatch are available for only £52, while the larger PetLatch retails for £62. At these prices they represent an affordable way to add that extra layer of security to one of the most vulnerable areas of the home.
What Constitutes Burglary?We associate burglary with the stealing of possessions. However, burglary, by definition, is the illegal entering of premises with criminal intent, which is where the theft comes in. So by law if you find someone inside your home or office that you know is not supposed to be there you’re in full right to have them arrested (whether they’ve taken anything or not).
4 Key Burglary categoriesSection 9 of the Theft Act of 1968, defines a burglary as any time an individual enters any building or part of a building as a trespasser with intent to steal, inflict grievous bodily harm or do unlawful damage to the building or anything in it. The key phrase here is intent, as we have mentioned above, a burglary isn’t defined by the act of stealing or doing harm, but rather the intent to do so. For the purposes of this article we are dividing burglary into four key categories.
Attempted burglaryAn attempted burglary is when someone tries to gain illegal entry into a property, but is unsuccessful. This could be because their attempt is interrupted, but it is far more likely that a security measure such as a LockLatch device stops them from entering successfully.
Burglary with entryIn contrast to attempted burglary, burglary with entry refers to instances where an intruder gains access to the property. According to ASU, 75% of burglaries with entry in the UK are reported, compared to only 45% of attempted burglaries. Burglary with entry can further be divided into burglary with loss and burglary with no loss.
Burglary with lossBurglary with loss refers to a burglary where the burglar enters the home or office and makes off with property. This is the form of burglary we most associate with the term, and is the worst to be a victim of as there is financial loss as well as loss of peace of mind.
Burglary with no lossBurglary with no loss refers to burglary where the burglar gains entry, but no property is taken. There may be a number of reasons for this. The burglary could be interrupted, or they may not find the types of goods they were looking for. Regardless of the type of burglary, the effect on feelings of safety are the same. No matter if a burglar enters through the window or the door, the loss of the sense of security is one of the most damaging after effects.
Who is at risk?The truth is, anyone is at risk. In over half of the recorded incidents, someone was home at the time of the burglary. Remember when we talked about feeling and being safe are two different things? The most at risk groups are:
- Young adults, between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Single parent households.
- Those who live in urban environments.
Prevent burglary with LockLatch nowWhen you consider the potential financial loss and the mental stress of a potential burglary, it makes sense to reevaluate your home security. LockLatch provides a versatile and cost effective solution that adds an extra layer of security to two of the most vulnerable areas of the home, your doors and windows. Start making your home safer with LockLatch today. For more security tips read:
- 8 Home Security Tips From Burglars
- Home Safety Checklist
- 8 Changes This Summer to Increase Security at Home
- 7 Home Security Tips That Cost Nothing
- 9 Home Security Tips When You’re Alone
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