Beat The Burglar

According to the British Crime Survey (BCS), 49% of all attempted home burglaries occur at the front door, but it’s easier than you might think to make your door more secure. You can ‘change the locks' on your front door by simply replacing the cylinder rather than the whole lock. By simply upgrading the rim cylinder in a nightlatch or europrofile cylinder in a multi-point lock, your home can be secure in less than 10 minutes.

Nightlatches are used on external timber doors and you can improve your door security by fitting a new rim cylinder in your nightlatch that meets British Standards (look for the Kitemark on lock packs and the lock itself).

You can replace your cylinder by simply unscrewing the nightlatch, removing the existing cylinder and replacing with the British Standard version. All rim cylinders are a standard size, so you should be able to replace your existing cylinder easily.

If you have a PVCu or composite door, then you can upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multi-point lock to a British Standard cylinder (again, look for the Kitemark on lock packs and on the lock itself). This is also an easy DIY job and will ensure the cylinder in your PVCu or composite door complies with the latest British Standard.

By upgrading your cylinder you can be assured that your home has the very latest security protection for added peace of mind.

Changing your cylinder is not as expensive as you may think. Prices for the Yale X5 Kitemarked Rim Cylinder start from £19.99 and the Yale Kitemarked Euro Profile Cylinder retails from £24.99. Both are available from a selection of major retailers and locksmiths.

To see how easy it is to fit a new euro profile cylinder visit www.yale.co.uk and click on the Yale SecurityTV icon.

For further information on choosing the right lock for your home or the latest cylinder standards, please visit www.yale.co.uk.