Droopy Door Handles Signal Security Nightmare for Households

The main threat is in households that have a PVC front or back door over 8–10 years old, as these doors are fitted with a multipoint lock. This lock type is easy to recognise as it runs the length of the door edge and has several points of locking such as ‘cams’, 'bolts', or 'hooks'. They were installed in their millions in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s, as Britain's homeowners switched to low maintenance PVC doors.

This type of lock works harder and suffers a lot more wear and tear than traditional mortice locks or nightlatches, and consequently does not have as long a life expectancy. That means the clock is now ticking for approximately one million homes every year!

Sometimes the door lock will fail without warning, but usually there are warning signs such as a droopy or loose handle; the lock making a clunking or grinding sound when operated; or the need for excessive force when turning the handle.

The new Doormaster™ range of multipoint locks recently launched by Yale is a state of the art locking solution, which prevents the inconvenience caused by sudden multipoint lock failure.

What’s more, as the summer months are a prime time for break-ins, having the best possible security products in place now, is highly advisable. In the UK tens of thousands of multipoint locks are due to fail in the next year*, so investing in state-of-the-art replacement multipoint locks, as well as maximum security handles and euro-profile cylinders is recommended.

If you’d like to find out more about the new Doormaster™ range of multipoint locks, you can arrange professional installation via the Yale Doormaster™ Expert network; a national network of Yale approved installers who can replace the multipoint locks in PVCu, composite and timber doors. To find your local Expert, visit www.yale.co.uk/doormaster or call 0845 0710 789.

*Figures from Police.uk local crime map