Police: Burglary prevention

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surreypoliceI am saddened to inform you that the borough has suffered from a spate of overnight burglaries recently. These have occurred without any forced entry because thieves know how to compromise your insecure multipoint locking doors.

 

When the door is closed and you lift up the handle the hook bolts are thrown into their keeps in the doorframe. By turning the key in the cylinder, whether from the inside or the outside, you are locking those hook bolts, and the latch bolt, into position. If you don’t key lock the bolts in place they can be disengaged by simply pressing down the outside or inside handles. Just because your door may not be opened from the outside without a key please don’t think that you don’t need to lock the bolts into position. Offenders can, and do, gain access to internal handles by placing tools through the letter plate of the door. This means they are able to disengage the hook bolts, release the latch and open your door.

 

Follow these 6 simple steps to ensure that your multipoint locking door is secure –

Step 1 – Close the door

Step 2 – Lift the internal handle up to engage the bolts

Step 3 – Turn the key to lock the bolts into position

Step 4 – Remove the key

Step 5 – Walk away

Step 6 – Place the keys out of reach and out of sight. Keys should however be accessible to the occupants of the property in case of fire and emergency exit.

These simple steps can and do prevent burglaries!

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Mark Saunders

Crime Prevention Design Advisor


If you need to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us on

Email: 13207@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 101

I am saddened to inform you that the borough has suffered from a spate of overnight burglaries recently. These have occurred without any forced entry because thieves know how to compromise your insecure multipoint locking doors.

When the door is closed and you lift up the handle the hook bolts are thrown into their keeps in the doorframe. By turning the key in the cylinder, whether from the inside or the outside, you are locking those hook bolts, and the latch bolt, into position. If you don’t key lock the bolts in place they can be disengaged by simply pressing down the outside or inside handles. Just because your door may not be opened from the outside without a key please don’t think that you don’t need to lock the bolts into position. Offenders can, and do, gain access to internal handles by placing tools through the letter plate of the door. This means they are able to disengage the hook bolts, release the latch and open your door.

Follow these 6 simple steps to ensure that your multipoint locking door is secure –

Step 1 – Close the door

Step 2 – Lift the internal handle up to engage the bolts

Step 3 – Turn the key to lock the bolts into position

Step 4 – Remove the key

Step 5 – Walk away

Step 6 – Place the keys out of reach and out of sight. Keys should however be accessible to the occupants of the property in case of fire and emergency exit.

These simple steps can and do prevent burglaries!

Yours Sincerely

Mark Saunders

Crime Prevention Design Advisor


If you need to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us on

Email: 13207@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 101

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Andy is a business systems and operations consultant for The Business Delicatessen and has helped the KRA over several years. He is former editor of the magazine and also runs Fat Crow Design.

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