Since October 2015 all accessible windows and doors installed in new properties in England have had to meet certain requirements to resist unauthorised access.
These are detailed in the Approved Document Q of the Building Regulations 2010.
This means that windows and doors must be manufactured to a design that has been shown – by testing – to meet the security requirements of standards that Lare specified in Part Q.
These include PAS 24 (minimum British standard) and LPS 1175 and LPS 2081 which are specific security standards operated by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, LPS 2081 covering situations where it is considered that intruders will use stealth).
Alternate guidelines are available for bespoke timber doorsets.
Clive Lloyd, managing director of Neighbourhood Watch’s primary security sponsor, Avocet Hardware, said: “Document Q has been a real game changer – and its impact has been felt virtually overnight.
“Prior to its introduction, security hardware specification for doors varied significantly, but now you can rest assured that any new build door will be up to the job of protecting your home.
“What Document Q has done is weed out the cheap, insecure products that were often specified on cost alone and replace them with high quality, high security products that meet the most rigorous of safety standards.
“And it’s not come a moment too soon – 74 per cent of all burglaries in England and Wales are committed through either the front or back door. 74 per cent! That figure is as incredible as it is shocking, but with the help of Document Q we fully expect it to fall dramatically within the next 12 months.
“Crime prevention is the best way of tackling crime, and Document Q has all the makings of becoming one of the finest forms of crime prevention this country has ever seen.”
• The Tarring Community Forum will meet between 7pm and 8pm at West Worthing Baptist Church in South Street, Tarring on Tuesday (February 9).
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