Choosing the right door locks for your basement is one of the critical factor in protecting your valuables including your family from the dangers of outside intruders. Burglars are more likely to break in your house, if they can get quick and easy entry to your house without the risk of getting detected by neighbours or passer-by. The basement flats have more security problems and it need to be secured properly. Most of the basements would have housed the kitchen or accommodation for the servants. The problem with basement flats is that people living above or walking along the foot-way can not see what’s happening in the basement. Natural surveillance which is key to deter the burglars is simply missing and hence this make houses with basement more vulnerable to burglary. You need to secure the doors of the basement with the best possible door lock. Also by fully reviewing your particular needs and security concerns, including looking at your property from the perspective of an burglar, you can best determine what type of locks are best for your home.
There are various steps or measures you can take to make your basement and your home secure. But always keep in mind when planning the security of your home, that there should be escape route in case of any emergency such as fire.
Window locks and Grilles
- Retro fitted window locks found in most basement flats are not secure; consider installing removable grilles or collapsible gates at the inner side of the existing windows. If this is not within your budget then at least replace the windows with the better secured certified windows and make sure they are glazed with a laminated glass on the inside of the sealed unit to at least 6mm thick.
- If your basement windows have fixed and external ‘burglar bars’ then make sure you can get out of the main entrance door at all times. Also install smoke detectors and door closers on all doors to make sure in case of any emergency, you get aware and escape to exit.
- If the above things are not possible for you then the lease you can do is install locks on your windows that have an intruder alarm.