Advice On Keeping Homes Secure For National Home Security Month

Advice On Keeping Homes Secure For National Home Security Month

The favourite two seasons of the year for burglars are autumn and winter and the reason why is because with night falling earlier in the day, it enhances their chances of breaking into homes without being caught.

It makes perfect sense from their point of view and we seem to acknowledge that our properties are more at risk of theft, with a survey done by ADT, experts in security, showing that 76.5% of British residents are more conscious of home safety in autumn. Unfortunately though, burglary rates across the country remain disappointingly high.

This October is the 10th year of National Home Security Month, an initiative set up to highlight the importance of home security – they have a postcode checker on their website that will tell you how safe (or otherwise your neighbourhood is).

If the stats for your locality leave you slightly concerned, use our secure products to stop your home being a thief’s next successful target.


Doors are the most popular break-in point, with 76% of domestic burglaries in England and Wales occurring through a poorly secured door (source: ONS).

Most of these types of break-ins involve the act of lock snapping. See if your door cylinders are prone to snap by checking if they protrude more than the depth of a £1 coin.

You could replace any flimsy old door with one of our composite doors, featuring an amazingly thick frame, a high-security multi point lock, and hinges with anti-crowbar technology for the ultimate in strength.

A black composite door with a long silver handle


Research from the ONS also provides confirmation that 30% of burglaries see a thief illicitly enter into a house through a window.

They may prise a window open using a screwdriver, bar or chisel, and if that doesn’t work, take to forcing the glazed unit out. Planet’s Extreme UPVC windows will scupper those sorts of tactics.

An Extreme window, unavailable outside of the Conservatory Outlet Network, has a 9-point locking system, two high compression bolts and herculean hinges. For extra security, the glass is internally beaded to prevent its removal from outside of a house. Planet’s Eclipse aluminium windows also have a host of secure components and mechanisms.

Grey casement windows

Living Spaces

An oversight by some householders is the failure to extend their burglar alarm coverage when they extend their property with an extension e.g. conservatory or orangery.

So, ensure you do that if you expand your home, and get the installation constructed by an installer of outstanding repute with evidence of building a catalogue of quality extension designs.

Planet is a master in home extension construction and equips its living spaces with windows and doors incorporating hi-tech locks and accessories so that you feel protected inside them.

A solid roof extension with roof windows and bi-folding doors

The appointment of Planet to solidify security opens up the option of going Secured by Design. Ask about this at a design appointment.


Our made-to-measure windows and doors have the potential to change your home not just on the outside, but the inside too. From the very latest energy saving windows in maintenance free UPVC to a host of replacement doors – all guaranteed to fit perfectly with your home.


Make your home warmer, quieter and more secure by fitting our very latest energy efficient replacement windows.



Our range of replacement doors offer all the advantages of low maintenance and high levels of security for total peace of mind.



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