Security locks for French doors
uPVC French doors have been available to buy in the United Kingdom for over 40 years and have proven to be one of the most popular investments homeowners make for their homes.
There is nothing better than sitting in your conservatory on a warm summer evening enjoying a nice cold beer while looking out across your garden, but not everyone has the same view.
A burglar will look at your French doors as an easy target to gain entry and exit from your home. So how to secure French doors that open out?
Open out French door security
To understand why open out French doors are an easy target for burglars, you need to understand how open out French doors lock!. French doors that have two opening doors with two door handles, lock together and in the window and door industry, this configuration is known as a master and slave door setup.
- The master door contains your main locking system and is the one you always open first.
- The slave door contains a hidden locking bar system that engages shoot bolts at the top and bottom of the door, into the door frame.
In this configuration, to lock both doors, you simply lift the handles to engage the locking hooks and shoot bolts, then lock using your key.
Burglars see type of configuration as an easy target as they can try the entry methods listed below:
- Cylinder or door barrel snapping
- Snapping the door handles
- Jemmying the doors
Spanning the door barrel
All door barrels or Euro profile cylinders should fit flush with the door handle to stop cylinder snapping.
Cylinder snapping is a term used to describe when a burglar can grab your cylinder using a pair of mole grips. The simple act of applying force downwards will snap your door cylinder in half and leave the door insecure. If your door cylinders standout out as shown below you must have them replaced.
Snapping door handles
Door handle snapping was first noticed by West Yorkshire Police took place on homes around the city of Bradford. The burglars were taking advantage of the demand by window and door manufacturers to reduce the material cost of uPVC doors for them to compete and survive in the face of ever-growing competition.
Handle snapping is where the burglar grips the sides of the French door handle using mole grips and simple snaps the handle in two, thus allowing them access to the door cylinder.
Once the French door handle has been snapped and they have access to the door cylinder, they simply snap it as well and unlock your door.
Jemmying the doors
Jemmying French doors is not a preferred method of attack as most French door manufacturers now install a product called a run-up block to the doors. The run-up block fills the air gap between the door and the frame stopping and jemmying.
The best locks for French doors that open out
To prevent your French doors been attacked by burglars, there are a few simple and easy things you can do.
You can fit a Patlock security lock for French doors or a Securian PX-3. Both products encase the levers of your French door handles and prevent them from being operated and remember, if you cant operate the handles you cant disengage the security locking points on your French doors. The Patlock security lock start from around £57.02 on Amazon, however, the Securian PX-3 which is just as good is advertised on Amazon at £34.99.
If you are adverse to using after market security locks for French doors why not take a look at the unique Lock Lock handle from Brisant secure. This totally unique product offer all the advantages of using a French door handlebar lock without actually adding a French door handlebar lock. The Brisant Lock Lock handle come in a range of colours and is 210% stronger that a standard French door handle, approved by Master Locksmiths, secure by design and the Police.
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