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Advantages of installing steel doors in your home

06 Jun
June 6, 2014

Insecurity has of late been a concern when it comes to the safety of your home and your loved ones. You should ensure that your home is well protected so as to ensure the safety of your loved ones and this is only achieved when you invest in strong steel doors that are not easily compromised. Some people prefer wooden doors because of their elegant stature but this is not the safest option to take especially when your intent is to keep burglars out. Steel doors have been known to possess unique and multiple locking systems that are impossible to break. Advantages of installing steel doors in your home include;

They are durable; steel doors are known to withstand adverse weather condition together with the invasion of termites. They are known to last for long without actually diminishing their appearance.

They are secure; this is because of the high quality locks and bolts together with security grilles that are fitted which are practically indestructible. With this, burglars find it hard to crack and this is because they are not easily manipulated as other types of doors.

Maintenance; with steel doors, no maintenance is required so as to keep them in good condition. You tend to save a lot on maintenance issues when you embrace steel doors for your home.

Pricing; steel doors are usually reasonably priced and you will always find one that fits your budget. The security of your home should come at no price which is why you would rather spend a considerable amount of money on this type of door than to have burglars invading your home.

BURGLARY PREVENTION: Advice for Home and Property.

08 Mar
March 8, 2014

Burglary is commonly known as breaking and entering another person’s house with the sole purpose of committing a felony or a crime during a particular period of time of day. According to the definition, breaking and entering is just the first part of the offence as it often leads to more serious crimes. Home burglary is an increasing issue in recent years and it is no wonder many homeowners are looking into investing their money into buying safes, surveillance systems and Steel doors.

Theft is usually the most common reason why a person would burglarise, because burglars majorly target Valuable Assets. Asides theft, Sexual assault is another crime associated with burglary. Females are common victims of this atrocious act but there are also a handful of reported cases of male attacks.

Burglary is usually executed in the drape of darkness this is why the nighttime is the preferred hours of operation. They choose this time because there’s only a very slim chance that they might be seen due to the fact that most people are likely to be sound asleep. But there are times when burglars make their move during daytime when nobody is home.

The following are advisory measures that should be taken into strict considerations to prevent imminent burglaries.

  • Know Your Surroundings

Trees, Bushes and tall grasses in your surroundings are totally disadvantageous to you, especially in your backyard or close to your windows. This makes the burglar’s job easier and yours harder because they commonly use them for cover. It will be advantageous to you to cut down anything that blocks your view.

  • Think Like a Burglar

One of the most important strategies to defeating an opponent is to think like that opponent. Look for all possible weakness and security breach your home might possess before a burglar finds it. Effect immediate changes to all noticed Security breach and weaknesses your home possesses because “A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine”, so avoid Procrastination to this effect.

  • Create a Security Checklist

A security checklist contains all the necessary safety measures you are obligated to perform before leaving your home or going to bed. This list should include a reminder to lock all the doors, close all the windows, leave some lights on etc. A lot of people have loads of things going through their mind at certain intervals during the day and even at night, which is why they tend to forget most of these basic security measures.

 

Keep Your Valuables Strategically

More often than not, burglary is a crime of opportunity. This means thieves won’t think of robbing you if they can’t find something to rob so it is advisable to keep your valuables in a place where outsiders can’t see them. This is important in robbery and burglary prevention that you don’t attract these criminals because they are very good observers and they often approach houses in a variety of familiar disguise.

Keep an Extra Eye Out

It is advisable to always be on the look-out for strangers lurking around and about your neighborhood. They may be innocent people looking for relatives or friends but robbery and burglary prevention manuals say it’s better to err on the safe side. Call the appropriate authorities and report these strangers to them so their identities can be verified.

 

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

This is one of the oldest yet most logical quotes in life. The backwash of a burglary is known to possess so many negativisms that are capable of causing extensive medical and psychological damages to the once happy life of a victim. It is better to prevent a crime from happening by taking the necessary security measures against it than to face life through the aftermath of the crime.

People often make the mistake of thinking that their homes can’t be broken into or they can’t be stolen from. As unreasonable as this sound, it is strongly suggested that you take the time to look at affordable security steel doors on www.steelsecuritydoors.co.uk and fortify your home today because if it has happened to one, it can happen to all.

The Benefits of installing a Steel Door

12 Feb
February 12, 2014

 

When picturing a luxurious home or holiday you probably don’t consider the doorways however next time you’re a guest in a prestigious hotel or staying in a private mansion take a look at the doors.

You’ll find there’s much more than meets the eye.

Most modern hotels of 4stars plus now have the added luxury of a steel door for their rooms. Even if this extra isn’t available for every guest it’s almost certain it will be for those staying in the upper decks, suites or honeymoon rooms.

It’s so common these days that you probably take it for granted, noting only the weight of the hotel room door as one of you holds it open while the other fetches the luggage. You’ll be all too familiar with the scene where you fumble with a key card as you precariously balance your bags, slotting it into the wall so you can benefit from some light.

You’ll also remember times when you or a family member has popped outside for a second only to be left stranded without your key as the door closes swiftly behind leaving you locked out of the room.

These may seem like slight annoyances yet the steel doors of hotels give back so much more so these small facts can be ignored.

Why Does Steel Suggest Luxury?

We all know the expression that first impressions count, and the entrance to your hotel room is no different. Immediately, before you’ve even unlocked the door you are rewarded with a sense of safety and security.

Step Inside

Once inside, with the steel door as your boundary you can be confident your privacy is protected as no one can simply drop in without a key.

Sleep Soundly

Steel doors, although revered for security are also incredible at soundproofing a room so once you’re inside you can talk without being overheard and sleep soundly without the noisy hen party across the hall waking you up!

Fight Fire

Capable of resisting extreme temperatures, the steel door is ideal for keeping you safe in the event of a fire. In a hotel fitted with high quality steel doors, even if the hall outside is on fire, you’re unlikely to experience the heat or the smoke through the door. Of course following procedure and getting out of the building altogether is the key but this does provide extra peace of mind.

Don’t be a Hero

Nobody wants to be in a siege situation like in the popular series of 24 but it’s nice to know that if the hotel was ever under attack you wouldn’t have to adopt Jack Bauer’s bravery as the steel door will keep you safe.

The door will ensure no tools, bullets, weapons or flames penetrate making your hotel room the sanctuary you deserve it to be, no matter what happens on the outside.

It certainly shows why steel doors are now common procedure for new hotel builds or refurbishments as they add the extra luxury, privacy and security that every holidaymaker deserves.

Surprise your burglar with a Titan Steel Door

23 Sep
September 23, 2013

You are likely to have more important things on your mind than considering changing your front door entrance, after all it’s done its job for well over ten years, but unfortunately the times are changing as more and more households are experiencing burglaries.

The Facts

While the UK is still in the grip of a recession the number of crimes has increased to 85 homes being broken into each hour.  The British Crime Survey highlights these alarming figures and reported that over 745,000 properties were the target of crime in 2011.  It is also suggested that these figures will only get worse due to the police budget cuts.

These are certainly worrying statistics but you do not need to be a part of this?  You can do something about it today.

Your security

A burglar has lots of experience in breaking in; it’s their day job after all.  So no matter how many locks you have on your door and the quality of these locks may be the best, it can still be forced open as every standard wooden or PVC door has a weak point.

In the back of your mind you probably know that a wooden door and frame is no longer strong enough to withstand a forced entry.

ASL is very proud to offer its customers a solution as they take the security of their customers very seriously.  Our range of Titan steel doors means you can go on holiday, see friends and family and sleep at night with the peace of mind that your Titan steel door will do the job.

But who wants the look of a steel front door; after all it’s not very attractive and may give false opinions of you being over cautious.  This why all our steel doors are covered in a wood of your choice.  With a huge range of woods available including antique oak and mahogany you will have a front door that matches the rest of your exterior.  Plus the burglar would not even know it is a steel door until they try and break in!

A steel door with a wooden covering can prevent facing the aftermath of a burglary

Did you know that most burglaries happen between the hours of 11am and 4pm?  Yes that’s right, in the day rather than at night time when most people expect burglaries to happen.  A typical burglar will tend to knock the door to see if anyone answers and also likely to ask a random person if anyone is in.

If it is highly unlikely that no one is home they will look for the weak point in the door using a screwdriver or crowbar to enable them to pry the door open just enough that a good kick will force the door to give way.

Your burglar will be in for a surprise when they are welcomed by your steel door.  With its 18 hard steel bolts these doors provide optimum security and strength.

Raise your game and do not become a victim of a very personal crime that can leave you feeling vulnerable.

The Best Family Guard Dogs

21 Aug
August 21, 2013

A few weeks ago we shared a shocking statistic that showed single parent families are those most likely to be targeted by burglars. Of course, we strongly recommend an impenetrable security steel door to keep the family safe, however a family pet can also help with deterring burglars.

If you have the time, a dog can not only protect you and your family but it can become a wonderful pet that adds value to your home. Despite popular belief, you don’t have to choose a pet such as a Rottweiler or a Bull Mastiff, there are plenty of breeds that are completely safe for children but will protect the family against strangers.

When choosing a dog for security you have many options. There are guard dogs to suit every family situation.

Here’s what to consider:

Noise

A guard dog doesn’t have to be huge and fierce to scare off a burglar. In fact a terrier is often the pet of choice for many as it will bark incessantly when there’s a threat of intrusion. This barking alone is enough to deter an opportunist thief as it alerts you and neighbours to their presence.

Size

A huge dog can make you feel safer while being a deterrent to burglars on sight alone. There are many breeds that grow large yet are soft with their families and fierce with strangers. Examples of breeds include the Labradoodle, very playful, adores children yet will protect in an instant. The Saint Bernard will deter any intruder will a single growl while being a wonderful albeit large and drooling playmate for kids, while the Great Dane will take up a lot of space, remind children of Scooby Doo, but keep intruders away.

The size also depends on the amount of space you have, it’s not fair to have a very large dog if you live in a flat without a garden. Smaller breeds will not mind the absence of a garden as long as they are walked twice a day.

Sleeping

Some people will invest in a guard dog only to lock it away in the utility room or kitchen for the night, every night. Of course, this is where many dogs sleep however a burglar will not feel threatened by a dog that is safely stored away. Consider where the dog should sleep. Near the front or back door is optimum. Although some people think guard dogs should be kept outside, protective instincts are enhanced if the dog feels like a complete part of the family.

Lifestyle

A dog does need time and training. Leaving it all day as you go out to work can be cruel unless you have neighbours or a support network to help. However, if you are a single parent, you may find that the dog keeps you company and becomes your best friend too. Think about the commitment first, as you may need someone else to take care of the dog if you’re away.

A large dog will need a lot of exercise, some need to walk or run miles every day.

A puppy can be an ideal choice as with training they soon grow into an adult that becomes a protector of the family, however if you have little training experience or you’d prefer a dog to guard the home right now you can find many retired gun dogs and unwanted animals at various shelters.

Staying Secure on Holiday

13 Aug
August 13, 2013

As the summer holidays are here, many are choosing this time to go away for a week or two in order to keep the children entertained. Family homes are considered to be the most profitable for a burglar, and they’re also an easy target if they’re empty.

A security steel door will ensure they can’t access your home through the entrance, however we’ve put together some tips that ensure the burglar moves along realising an attempt is not worth the risk.

It’s Not Rubbish

Your wheelie bin tells a burglar a thousand stories. Thieves will scour the area on collection days and if they notice a bin hasn’t been put out, they will earmark that property as empty. They will then make further investigations.

If you are going on holiday ask a neighbour to put your bin out, even if it’s empty. If you haven’t any neighbours, just leave it where it can be seen from the road.

Your Post

You may have already cancelled the milk and newspaper deliveries for when you’re away, however you can’t cancel the postman. A pile of post or letters sticking out of the door are indicators that your property is empty. Make sure you have a letter box that has brushes on the inside. It should have a strong hinge so it clasps shut without being forced. This ensures that a burglar can’t see through to the pile of post while the postman must make sure letters go all the way through.

Although attractive, resist the urge to have a post-box on the exterior walls. These fill up quickly and can be accessed very easily.

Your Garden

Your garden is your welcome or deterrent to a potential burglar. Privacy is sought after by many yet hedges exceeding windowsill height give burglars a great screen in which to hide as they gain access to your house. Take a new look at your garden. Make sure sheds are secure, add padlocks on the inside to gates, add pointy deterrents to the top of fences, and invest in climbing thorny plants like roses to deter burglars from climbing to flat roofs to gain access.

You can also use a timer switch to set a sprinkler daily. This is one of the best deterrents there is. If you are away for a while, ask someone to cut your grass, so it looks as though you’re maintaining your home.

Your Valuables

Simple measures such as timer switches for lights or making sure window locks are visible can be enough of a deterrent. However, if you have a 50” LED screen staring the burglar in the face they may think the reward outweighs the risk. Expensive items on display are tempting burglars to enter so put them away somewhere safe. You can put them in the loft or out of sight of the windows or you can turn one room into an impenetrable safe with a security steel door.

A Little Help from Your Friends

The best way to deter burglars while you’re on holiday is to have a friend or neighbour regularly check in on the house. Neighbourhood Watch has changed in recent years and can be an ideal solution as friends will put out your rubbish, collet post and mow the lawn in return for the same favour.

Just a few little changes can ensure you’re not a victim of burglary as nothing spoils a great holiday than coming back to an empty home.

Shocking Statistics that Make Us Sick

02 Aug
August 2, 2013

No matter how long we’ve been in this industry we still feel shocked by how often burglaries occur. From opportunists to careful planners, this crime has a community all of its own and impacts on thousands of victims, emotionally and financially every year.

Recently Tesco released this info graphic that shows the shocking statistics behind burglaries in the UK. Compounding our worst fears that despite raising awareness, the figures don’t seem to be going down.

From these statistics we’ve picked out a few that we believe we can help with here at Steel Security Doors, either through products and services or simple free advice.

1.     73% of burglars use the front door

Unfortunately we’ve seen this with our own eyes. See our gallery here. Burglars are becoming more and more sophisticated using a wide range of tools that make short work of the typical door.

This is the main motivation behind installing a steel door as although from the outside it looks normal, nothing will ever penetrate it. With a steel door, you’ll decrease your chances of being burgled by 73%.

2.     You are 6 times more likely to be burgled without dead locks on exterior doors and windows

Burglars don’t see a mortis or Yale lock as a challenge anymore. Disturbingly there are even YouTube videos that give tutorials on how to bypass these locks. More secure solutions are needed to keep the burglar out. Our steel doors lock from the top to the bottom using impenetrable indestructible locks, so unless your burglar has a key, they’re not getting in.

3.     You are 3 times more likely to be burgled if you have children

This statistic sickens us the most. Maybe it’s due to the extra items in the house, or that generally if you have children your house is larger. It could also mean you’re less likely to put up a fight. When combined with the other statistic that 57% of burglaries are committed when someone is at home, this understandably worries parents senseless.

Our steel doors can also be used inside the home, to make panic rooms. They’re becoming more and more popular as people feel they need somewhere safe to put the children should the worst happen. They can also be used to store the most valuable items too.

4.     56% of burglaries happen at night

This surprises many of our clients as many believe the figure to be much higher. Despite the statistics showing otherwise few people protect their home adequately during the day as they think a burglar will be put off by the visibility.

In fact burglars will strike when people are at work as they are less likely to be seen and any noise they make is less likely to be viewed as suspicious. We recommend timers for lights and the TV or radio. A good alarm system and a friendly neighbour that is home during the day to combat this.

Above all prevention is better than the cure!

The Emotional Rollercoaster after a Burglary

16 Jul
July 16, 2013

Many people understand the frustration of having items stolen however it’s only when you’ve actually experienced a burglary of your own home can you understand the emotional effects too.

Although it’s obviously upsetting to have precious items taken away in most cases these items are replaceable by the insurance within a few days. Unfortunately the impact on life, health and relationships is not as quickly dismissed as it can take time to go through the cycle of emotions and some never recover fully.

Here are the most common feelings you may experience after your home has been burgled.

Scared

It’s natural to feel scared as your safe haven is no longer safe. It’s been proven that it is penetrable and your items can be taken as easily as if they were laid out on a street. If the burglars struck while you were asleep you may worry about them returning and what they could do if you disturb them.

Violated

This is one of the most common emotions that people feel after being burgled. It’s a hard feeling to describe to those who haven’t been there. As adults we build a cocoon around us that’s full of all our private items and we only allow access to those we love and trust. Knowing a stranger has sifted through your personal items with absolutely no empathy for the impact it would have can leave many feeling violated, as if their special secrets have been exposed. The thought that a person has also watched your activity to choose the best time to burgle also plays a huge part in this feeling of violation.

Stupid

This is an emotion that is rarely talked about as few people want to admit it yet most feel at least an element of stupidity. This surrounds thoughts such as, “What if I’d just checked the burglar alarm”, “Why didn’t I fix that broken window lock?” even, “Why didn’t I invest in a more secure door when I had the chance”? It’s rare that people feel that they’d done absolutely everything to keep their home secure before a burglary, unfortunately it’s not until afterwards that they realise they could have done more which leads to…

Weak

Despite equality between men and women, men still torture themselves after a burglary thinking they should have done more to protect their family.

Angry

Anger is a natural emotion of course but this can put a strain on relationships as couples have no one to direct their anger to (unless the police find the culprit). Many want to scream and shout, to tell the burglars what they did was wrong to make them aware of the devastation they’ve caused through their greed, yet this has to stay bottled up which makes many silently seethe.

Unsafe

Whether you lived in your home for 6 months or 20 years you would have previously associated it with safety. It was your own little haven where you could close the curtains on the world after a bad day, recover from the flu in peace and fill with family on special events. Suddenly, the house no longer feels like a home, it feels like bricks and mortar that’s let you down. Overtime, these feelings can disappear, especially if extra security measures are made but some find they have to move on to start a fresh.

The Solutions

Most burglars enter through the front or back door as they either recognise a weak lock that’s easy to pick or see that the door is easy to break. See our gallery on how burglars have advanced their methods. Our steel doors ensure the ultimate security as no one but you can enter through them no matter what array of tools present.

The addition of steel doors is now common amongst many city homes, as it allows those that have been burgled a chance to reclaim their homes as their own while preventing it from happening for those that are passionate about protecting their family and property.

Along with this, you should also recognise that being burgled is a trauma that makes you a victim and because of this you do deserve victim support. The free service allows you to talk through all of these emotions so you can continue life the way you deserve.

Steel Door Myths Debunked

31 May
May 31, 2013

When we picture Steel Doors we often think of huge hunks of metal that adorn commercial buildings. Of course many business premises and banks understand the importance of the security of steel, yet now they’re aesthetically pleasing for homeowners too.

Worryingly burglars are becoming more like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible as they advance as fast as technology using gadgetry to secure entry quickly and without fuss.

As locks become more sophisticated and windows impossible to break it’s the doors that receive the damage with many being sliced in half. See our gallery here…

In order to maintain elegance, a welcoming entrance and style without compromising on security many are turning to steel doors, yet many factors put people off.

Here are the myths that prevent some choosing the most secure, attractive, stylish door for their homes.

Myth: They Weigh too Much

Fact: Yes the steel doors are heavy; this of course adds to the strength that gives maximum security however homeowners won’t feel the weight. They are fitted with precision so the operation feels as light as a feather – the beauty of modern technology!

Myth: They Are Difficult to Operate

Fact: You’d be forgiven for thinking that with so many locks and bars the doors are difficult to operate, yet everything runs very smoothly ensuring the key holder can open the door with ease but a burglar cannot. You’ll find operation much smoother than your current door!

Myth: I Can’t Have a Cat Flap

Fact: We can supply a door with a cat flap that allows your feline friend to come and go as she pleases without compromising the security of the door.

Myth: A Letterbox Compromises Security

Fact: Some of our steel doors come with letterboxes so you can receive mail securely too. These will accept standard sized letters but even if a burglar could get a hand through they wouldn’t be able to penetrate the locked door. This is because the steel is so strong on both sides that nothing but the correct key will let unwanted visitors in.

Myth: They’re Not Modern

Fact: It’s true that many of our steel doors are traditional, just like the one at No.10 Downing Street as they encompass the classic posh style of solid wood. However we also have contemporary doors for those who like to embrace modern trends, you’ll be surprised by the styles in our gallery!

Myth: They Block Out All the Light

Fact: Few front doors have glass panels, as the inner hall is rarely a place where people congregate and so natural light is normally not an issue, however for those who like lots of light we’ve incorporated glass into some of our doors.

Now you can have the security of the steel door along with bullet proof impenetrable glass, so you can see the light!

If there are any other reasons that deter you from choosing a steel door for securing your home, get in touch and let us see if we can debunk the myth!

Do We Really Need Panic Rooms in the UK?

24 Apr
April 24, 2013

In the UK we’re quite fortunate as we don’t endure the threat of kidnap that those in the Middle East, Africa and South America do, so why are panic rooms becoming more and more popular?

We can’t reveal who we install steel doors for, as privacy and security is part of our service, yet we can reveal that more and more customers are using our services to make panic rooms out of any room in the house.

It’s always been seen as an extravagant, over the top security measure used only by the very rich, the very famous or the drug barons with a price on their head, yet now people have realised it’s the ultimate secure solution for keeping loved ones safe.

Think back to 2002, to Jodie Foster in the Panic Room. Apart from making you feel old as this was over a decade ago, what else do you remember?

In the US after the film’s release, panic rooms rose in popularity yet here in the UK we couldn’t stretch our imagination to think the same fate would happen to us.

What’s Changed?

Instead of using panic rooms to protect a family against kidnappers, we, in Britain are using them for a whole different reason. Many new  now have panic rooms as standard as it’s not just possessions at stake.

Obviously popular amongst the wealthy now people like us are favouring the panic room too as violence unfortunately becomes the biggest crime committed in the UK, closely followed by vandalism.

Prevention is Better than the Cure

For instance, CCTV cameras are great for capturing a person’s image to use AFTER the deed is done however they do little to prevent the crime in the first place. Many retired couples are now realising that burglars actually wait for them to be home before they attack as they can give access to safes, show them where the money is and be encouraged to do as asked if a partner or family member is used as a threat.

That’s why panic rooms in the Master suites are popular. In seconds families can be secure and the police can be alerted. By the time a burglar even finds the steel security door, the police are already apprehending the suspect red handed.

The Expense

Our customers have found great ways to cut down on the cost of a panic room while ensuring the chosen space is comfortable and fire retardant too. Their new panic rooms not only protect from intruders but from fire. A reassuring though for anyone who lives with loved ones.

They have done this by choosing us to install steel doors internally, to block off one room of the house; you can see how an office has utilised this here.

Not Just for People

This not only gives them a safe place to go to should intruders enter the home, it also keeps valuables safe when the home is left empty, so burglars leave empty handed.

If you think you’d benefit from some extra protection or would sleep easier at night knowing you can keep your family safe in seconds, see the range of steel doors we have on offer.