SUMMERTIME SECURITY In the latest Yale Door and Window Solutions comment column, Jon Walker Marketing and Product Manager at Yale Door and Window Solutions looks at how fabricators and installers can help homeowners to stay safe and secure this summer. With the weather brightening and the sun finally shining, it is all too tempting for homeowners to become complacent when it comes to home security. Now is the time for fabricators and installers to be promoting the very real security and thermal performance benefits of replacement doors and windows throughout the home, together with the positive aesthetic impact a new installation brings. Door Security Front and back doors will always be the top priority to ensure safety and security, with the majority of opportunist burglars still relying on weaknesses in these obvious entry points to gain access. For some ‘more professional’ thieves, they can select a home by briefly glancing at doors and windows. Encouraging homeowners to update their front doors alongside other access points will not only improve their security, but also enhance the aesthetics of their home, removing this risk. Yale Door and Window Solutions is able to supply solutions for new doors, from industry accredited multipoint locks through to door cylinders and door furniture, comprising Platinum and Superior series handle sets and letterplates to complete the new stylish front door. The Platinum TS007 2* armoured door handle acts as an instant visual deterrent to burglars, and together with the Yale Superior high security cylinder, delivers a formidable TS007 3* security solution which would make any opportunist burglar think twice. Additionally, the increasing sophistication of more digital security solutions – such as the new Keyfree digital door lock or innovative rim lock enables fabricators and installers to stand out from the competition and offer homeowners more convenience without compromising on security. Window Security Windows are the next target for an attempted break-in. Alongside the security benefits, fabricators and installers will also be able to build on the summer months to encourage homeowners to review their windows so that new, more energy efficient options are installed prior to winter to keep more heat in the house. Here the new Yale Blade window locking technology can deliver multiple benefits to fabricators and installers whilst being presented to homeowners as a revolutionary whole security solution. The Yale Blade occupies the full depth of the eurogroove providing the window with increased integral strength for meeting the stringent requirements of PAS24 and as a result, has Police approved Secured by Design accreditation. In addition, the Yale Blade’s unique locking point design boasts the highest level of keep contact of any window lock in the UK, spreading the forces applied whilst under attack over a wider area, reducing the impact on the window. Furthermore Yale Blade’s rotary locking action significantly reduces mechanical wear, eliminating compression loss and ensuring consistent weather-sealing performance and thermal efficiency for the life of the product; thus improving the whole of life value of the mechanism to the homeowner and dramatically reducing costly call outs. In summary, by encouraging homeowners to consider new doors and windows, fitted with proven security locking systems, their home can instantly become more secure and be a less obvious target to would be intruders.