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GGP JAN 2013

HARDWARE&SECURITY Raising the bar on door security Great strides are being made to increase the security of doors and Bob Perry, executive chairman, DHF, DHF explains the role being played by responsible bodies to foil the attempts by criminals to gain entrance to properties. Hentrance doors and external doors inuge strides have been made inimproving door security in recent years.In particular, the security of domestic commercial premises, has been transformed. This is due to the introduction of a raft of new standards and the launch of greatly improved locks and associated hardware products. These two significant initiatives are being given impetus by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) working in partnership with standards setting organisations and industry groups, such as the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). The DHF represents all the key players in building hardware, locks, architectural ironmongery and its building hardware group which has been actively working on the programme to further improve door security. It has been doing this by creating stringent security standards and undergoing a continuing programme of introducing products to the market that meet the new standards. The new security standards cover all types of locks (including multipoint locks and the latest generation of electro mechanical keyless locks) and cylinders, and also door security handles, door viewers, door restrictors and letterboxes. Before looking at these in detail, let us first answer the question: ‘What is the need The DHF has worked in for added door security and why is it that this collaboration to continuing programme of improvement has produce a best practice accelerated recently?’ guide (above). In fact, the security of domestic and commercial property is under threat now more than ever before. Methods of lock attack, previously only known to locksmiths and PAS 24. This standard was developed by lock and published Best Practice Guide for Specifying ‘professional’ burglars, are now laid bare on door manufacturers in partnership with Secured Security Hardware for Doors. This has been the internet for all to see. In the UK there are By Design (SBD), the Police/Home Office crime produced by the DHF in conjunction with the 45 million residential doors. It is estimated that initiative, PAS 24 applies to a complete GGF. As well as detailing PAS 24, it covers all two thirds of these are vulnerable to attack by replacement entrance door. A PAS 24 rated door door security standards that apply to products methods now revealed on the internet. is supplied complete with enhanced security that can be fitted retrospectively to existing The transformation of door security, hardware. It is an assurance that the door frame, entrance and exterior doors. spearheaded by the DHF, is the most significant locks and fittings have all been attack tested. Principal among these is the Technical advance on the door security front since the There are many situations, however, where the Standard DHF TS 007, developed in partnership launch of the BS 3621 standard for five lever householder or office occupier wants to retain with the GGF. This new standard details ways of mortice locks some 50 years ago. the existing exterior door and add enhanced achieving a lock cylinder specification which will So, what are these new standards that have security measures. Faced with this, the security resist snapping, bumping and other forms of been developed by the DHF lockmakers and and building professional, installer or locksmith hardware manufacturers? Let us look first at is strongly advised to refer to the newly Continued overleaf Glass & Glazing Products January 201327


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