Aspects of front door security, part 2

We spoke with two people who know a bit about London doors and their security; a front door fitter and a locksmith. We asked them if they had any tips. Here is some of what they had to say:

“Are Banham locks any good? Well, I haven’t seen a break in yet through a door with Banham locks” – Conclusion? Banham locks are an effective deterrent.

Victorian front door
A Victorian front door with Banham locks


“Never open your door on a chain. In doing so you disengage all of your locks and rely on a couple of screws that anchor the chain. Burglars can then kick the door to gain entry.” – Tip: use your chain as extra security last thing at night, or to keep toddlers from opening a door on to a busy street.

“Always double lock. It is possible, by pressing the lower part of a door with your foot, to find out if a deadlock is engaged. I can usually get in through a front door when it is only locked on the nightlatch by using a stick I find in the street, no tools required! I just put it through through the letterbox and push the nightlatch (Yale) handle. Hey presto!” – Therefore, fit a security hood behind the letterbox to prevent an opportunist doing the same. Some Victorian front doors and also 1930s front doors have their nightlatch near to the letterbox, this would be particularly useful for them.

Victorian front door
A Victorian four panel door

“Three locks may seem over the top, but they are a better deterrent than two” – a third lock isn’t a huge expense, if you were a burglar would you choose the door with two locks or the door with three? Even an old Victorian door would seem less of a target with an extra deadlock.





7 thoughts on “Aspects of front door security, part 2

  1. Wow. These are amazing tips. I’ve experienced a burglary even at noon and it wasn’t funny at all. I recommend using three locks just like I do now. If can frustrate burglars effort even if you are home.


  2. My old door had its nightlatch close to the letterbox. It was terrible because everyone who was impatient to wait for us to get to the door always had their way through the letterbox. It became a thing of worry because we couldn’t predict when someone would use it for negative reasons. It was changed immediately.


  3. A double lock is not bad at all. I use it a lot and it caught a burglar unaware. I saw him through my bedroom window at night and I must say he put in a lot of effort trying to break the top lock and later realized there was another below only to leave when he realized he had no more time and may be energy, to hit the one below I’m thinking of a third lock too.


  4. Any door with its nightlatch close to the letterbox is not a good idea. I mean, even kids these days can open door using that method. Such a house would easily attract burglars when they notice the flaw on the door. Secure your homes please.


  5. Always, and I repeat, always triple lock your door whether you are at home or not. You never know when these hoodlums would visit and I bet you don’t want to be caught off guard. Trust me, it’s not a pleasant experience.


  6. I don’t open my door with only chains holding it. In fact, I always talk to my kids about avoiding the act. Doing that is an easy way to get a burglar to enter your home with ease. Don’t let them. Don’t give them the chance. For your sake and that of your family.


  7. If you live in a place like mine, you’ll definitely invest in a good door. My kids are still toddlers and I take extra care not to involve dramas in their lives now. I have a burglar proof door and even an alarm. You don’t play around with such riffraffs occupying your street.


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