Are new sash windows secure?

Cam Catch

Although the vast majority of burglaries are opportunistic, seeing an open window or door, easy access to your keys or a wallet, sadly, security is now critical in today’s world, in keeping unwanted visitors at bay.

Anything that slows down the speed of access or deters them altogether should be used. Besides window locks and bolts themselves, don’t overlook thorny shrubs or rose bushes below a window. Nobody like to get snagged especially as it will leave shreds of clothing.

As for the windows themselves, there are several variations of locks, from simple bolts through the two sashes to magnetic locking devices. However, to be recommended by the Police, via their preferred, “secured by design scheme” windows must be capable of withstanding a controlled attack for 5 minutes, using specified tools.

Only when a company has obtained such accreditation, can it then claim SBD, those with this standard can then appear on the police web site.

Some companies however have obtained SBD approval without the need to ugly extra fittings. You can have handed cam catches made from cast stainless steel, eliminating the need for other fittings. These also have nylon inserts to prevent the plating being damaged and being handed, centralise the sashes squarely within the opening.

If you’d like to see a sample call us now onĀ 0800 591854 or send an email