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Making your home secure can be an expensive exercise, and selecting the products you’ll use can be a daunting task. There are plenty of products on the market from a variety of companies, so it can be hard to tell which security products you should be investing in, and which ones are the safest to use. In this blog we’ll run through the security standards you should be looking for when improving the security of your home.

Windows and Door Frames

They say a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that saying can definitely be applied to homes. Your home is only as strong as its weakest point, so having secure windows and doors is a great way to reinforce the security foundations of your home.


Window and Door Frame

When picking your windows and doors, you should be looking for frames that meet the PAS24:2016 standard. This standard ensures that the window and door frames meet the requirements to protect your home from unauthorised entry.

If you’re buying your windows and doors through a third party such as an installer, ensure that they present cerification that states the frames meet the required standard. 


Door and Window Locks

When purchasing locks for your windows and doors, it’s always best to ensure that they meet the British BS3621 standard. This lets you know that the lock is of a good, thief resistant standard. It’s important to have high quality locks because that’s generally the first thing that a thief will try and compromise. 



It may sound a bit excessive to worry about the type of screws you use, but it really can make all the difference.

Make sure the screws used to install your windows, doors and any other things such as your letterbox meet the British BS7950 standard. This ensures they’re of a high quality and will be more resistant to pressure or force. It’s a small detail that could make a big difference! 



Letterbox fishing is an easy way for thieves to prey on unsuspecting homeowners. Well practised thieves can quickly and easily grab any possessions left in plain sight through a letterbox – usually your car keys!

One thing you can do to reduce their chances is by making sure that the plate on your letterbox meets the TS008 standard.

Another option is to forego having a letterbox on your door at all! Not only does it avoid letterbox fishing, it also help reduce your homes energy waste through unwanted drafts. Instead of having the letter box on your door, a popular option is installing one of our wall mounted letter boxes.



Security Contractor Installing Camera Security System

If you don’t consider yourself to be a DIY expert, you’re probably going to want to consider a contractor to install your security system for you.

When you’re looking through the endless list of contractors in your area that install security systems – the one thing you should be looking for is that they are NSI approved.

NSI are the National Security Inspectorate, and they’re the leading body in UK who set the standards for which security systems are adequate to protect your home.

To make it easier for you, the NSI have a function on their website which allows you to identify all NSI approved contractors in the UK.

If you don’t select an NSI approved contractor, there’s a possibility that they could recommend a security system that doesn’t meet the standards necessary for your home, but potentially generates more profit for them. Better to be safe than sorry!


Security System

When you’ve chosen your NSI approved contractor, they’ll be able to help you select a security system that meets the standards necessary to properly protect your home.

EN 50131 is the European Standard for intruder alarms and systems, and this is what you should be looking for.

EN 50131 has grades from 1 to 4 depending on the risk associated with your property (1 being low, 4 being high), but for homes you’re generally going to be looking at grade 1 or 2.

  • Grade 1 – Domestic Properties
  • Grade 2 – Domestic Properties and Low Risk Commercial Properties
  • Grade 3 – High Risk Domestic Properties and Commercial Properties
  • Grade 4 – Extremely High Risk Domestic Properties and High Risk Commercial Properties

If you’re looking for a security system that will be compatible with your home insurance, you will likely require an EN50131 Grade 2 security system as a minimum.



When purchasing a safe you want to be sure that your contents are, well… safe! To assist you in making the right choice there are various specifications that protect from various things such as burglary, fire and water damage.


Standards for Burglary

All Phoenix safes come with a security protection recommendation, which states how much the safes can generally be insured to protect.

For example the Phoenix Vela SS0800 series come with a cash rating of up to £1,000 and a valuables rating of up to £10,000. This can vary from safe to safe, and if you’re planning on insuring your safe it’s best to speak with your underwriter before committing to a specific model. 

Any safe you choose from Phoenix will provide adequate safety against burglars, but if you’re looking for a high security solution, the standard you should be looking for is the EN1143 specification – as found in the Venus series, which offers £6,000 cash and £60,000 valuables protection.

This is a European specification which states that these safes can withstand burglary attack with different resistance grades from 1 to 10. So if high security is a concern, consider an EN1143 certified safe.


Standards for Fire

The NT Fire 017 standard was created to ensure that in the event of a fire you know how long the contents inside will be protected. These can vary from NT Fire 017-60, which means the contents will be safe for an hour, up to NT Fire 017-120, which ensures the contents will be safe for up to 2 hours.

If you’re looking to protect digital media – you should look for a safe that meets the MTS DIP 120-60DM specification, like the Titan FS1290 series. This ensures that the safe will keep your data safe for anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes (depending on the model). 

When comparing safes always check if they have an after the fire replacement warranty, too. This mean if you do have a fire, your safe will usually be replaced free of charge!


National Home Security Month

This blog is part of our National Home Security Month series. Every week in October we’ll be posting useful content to help keep your home safe!

“National Home Security Month (NHSM) is here to raise awareness around the importance of home security so you can be safe in the knowledge that your home, family and belongings are protected.”

In week 3 we’ll focus on CCTV and how the latest technology can keep you more up to date with activity at home whilst you’re away than ever before! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated with the rest of our posts related National Home Security Month.


How To Embed The Phoenix Safe Product Guide Cover Photo

If your customers would like to browse through our extensive range of safety and security products, they can do so using our electronic product guide which you can embed on your website!

Step 1

Access our electronic product guide using the following link >

Step 2

Select the share button at the bottom of the page below the guide

Screenshot of the Phoenix Safe e-brochure share button

Step 3

Next select the “Insert to Site” tab

Screenshot of the Insert to Site option on the Phoenix Safe e-Brochure

Step 4

Enter the dimensions you would like the guide to appear on your website (in pixels). This may require some experimenting to see what looks best. If you’re not sure, skip this step and see how it appears with the recommended dimensions (640x480px).

Screen shot of the dimensions fields on the Phoenix Safe e-Brochure

Step 5

Once you’ve entered your sizes you can highlight and copy the code directly, or click the copy button. You can then paste this code into the relevant section of your site.

Screenshot highlighting the copy button on the Phoenix Safe e-Brochure

Electronic Product Guide Preview

Note: The code must be entered into a text editor that accepts HTML code, or the product guide will not appear. For technical advice regarding your website, speak to your website provider or developer. If you require any assistance with this feature, you can email [email protected]


Burglar Stealing Personal Possessions From Home

Whilst our range of safes are perfect for protecting the possessions you care about most, we think your home should be considered the safe that you just happen to live in. So here are 5 reasons why you should consider installing a home security system.


1) Protect yourself and your possessions

If you have a safe at home, then it’s more than likely that you’ll keep your most prized possessions in there at all times. Unfortunately, you can’t fit everything in your safe, and the possessions of your safe are not the only things that will be an attractive target to thieves.

Technology, household goods, small appliances and many other things in your home are at risk of theft, so it’s definitely worth considering installing a security system in your home.

It’s not just about protecting the possessions in your home, however. It’s also about protecting yourself, the people (and pets) you love, too.

Whilst thieves are more likely to target your home when you’re not there, it’s also entirely possible that they could target your home whilst you’re sleeping.

Having an alarm installed and knowing that you have a basic level of protection for your home, everyone and everything inside it will hopefully help you sleep that little bit better at night.


2) They’re a deterrent for thieves

Having visible signs of an alarm system outside of your home is a good deterrent to thieves planning to break into your home, and potentially your neighbours home too.

Research published by the POLICE.UK shows that homes without an alarm are 5 times more likely to be burgled!

Alarm systems that periodically light up to let potential thieves know that they’re active is definitely an attractive additional feature. Some home security systems now also come with a small sign you can place on the grass in your front garden to highlight the fact that your house is protected.

Burgular Alarm On Wall Outside Home

3) It could lower your home insurance

The more protection you have the less likely you are to be burgled, so because of this, some home insurance providers will lower your home insurance premium if you tell them that you have a burglar alarm or other security system installed.

A discount on your home insurance isn’t guaranteed, and the amount of discount can vary from provider to provider depending on various factors, including the system you install, so it’s best to check first.

Finding out what reductions you could receive is definitely worth doing, as this saving could also help pay for the cost of installing the system itself.

Some people report that they have saved up to 20% on their home insurance by having an alarm system installed!


4) It can increase the value of your property

Having a security system installed for your home is a nice feature for your own peace of mind – but also potentially for the next people that could move into your property, should you ever choose to sell.

Home security systems can be an appealing feature to homebuyers, which may make them consider your property more favourably over those that don’t have one installed already. I

n fact, 61% of potential homeowners said that having a secure home was a must-have property feature.

Did you know that having a security system installed on your home can also increase the value by up to £3,500? If you combine that with lower home insurance it makes for a more tempting proposition for buyers.

Peaceful Relaxed Person Sitting On Couch

5) It gives you peace of mind

No matter where you are, whether you’re at work or on holiday on the other side of the world, you can be assured that your security system is there to deter burglars and keep your possessions safe.

If you have cameras installed as part of your security system, they now even allow you to monitor your home, live from anywhere in the world using phone apps.

With features like motion detection and built-in speakers, you will be instantly notified of any movement in your home and if there is an intruder you can alert them that you’re aware of their presence – which is a fantastic deterrent to startle the thief and encourage them to leave.

Nobody likes the panic of worrying that you’ve left your house unsecured, but a security system can give you that extra peace of mind.


Other kinds of alarms you could consider for your home

Of course, burglars and other intruders aren’t the only threat to your home, so here are 3 extra alarms you can add to your home for added protection.


Smoke Alarm

This seems like an obvious one, but did you know 25% of homes still don’t have a smoke alarm? Some local councils in collaboration with their fire service will fit and test smoke alarms for free, so it’s definitely worth checking if this is something that’s available to you.

Beyond basic smoke alarms however, there are now smart versions which will also alert you immediately when they’re activated. Combine this with a camera system and you can instantly see if someone has burnt a piece of toast or if something more serious is happening at home.

Most modern smoke alarms now also incorporate a carbon monoxide detector which can protect you from gas leaks too!


Water Sensor

If you don’t live in an area that’s prone to flooding, you may not have ever considered a water sensor in your home, but did you know that 1 in 2 homes has experienced water damage? It’s not flooding but rather burst pipes which are the worst culprit, and 65% of water-related incidents are caused by them!

Smart water sensors are a fairly new device coming onto the market that you can place throughout your home, in places such as your bathroom or your kitchen (or near your safe) and they will alert you when they come into contact with water.

Water damage can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to your property, so it could be worth investing in water sensors so that you can be alerted and hopefully put a stop to the flood sooner rather than later – potentially saving yourself a small fortune.


Safe Alarm

Titan Fire & Security Safe with Fingerprint Lock and Tamper Alarm

Previously we mentioned that thieves won’t just target your home when you’re away, but could even try and gain entry when you’re home too!

If you are considering purchasing a safe for your valuables, our Titan Fire and Security range with Fingerprint Locks includes an alarm that triggers when the wrong code is entered multiple times.

Besides the fingerprint lock, Titan safes also have plenty of additional features to keep your contents secure, including fire and drop protection and an insurance rating of up to £2,000 in cash or £20,000 in valuables.

In the event that a thief would manage to gain access to your home, if you have a safe in your home office downstairs for example, and your home becomes a target to thieves who try to gain access to your safe – entering the code incorrectly and setting off the alarm could alert you or your neighbours of their presence.


National Home Security Month

This blog is part of our National Home Security Month series. Every week in October we’ll be posting useful content to help keep your home safe!

“National Home Security Month (NHSM) is here to raise awareness around the importance of home security so you can be safe in the knowledge that your home, family and belongings are protected.”

In week 2 we’ll focus on Security Standards and what you should be looking for when purchasing security equipment for your home! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated with the rest of our posts related to National Home Security Month.



The customer had asked us to provide a Safety Deposit Centre to fulfil the needs of his potential clients in the Leicestershire area. From the very start of the project it was obvious that the customer was aware of the potential, being involved with a local bank that offered the service and whose deposit centre was now completely full.

We provided detailed information of the available lockers and advised on the most suitable sizes to give a spread of options to his clientele. We manufactured shipped and installed a grade X EX CD demountable strong-room fully tested and certified to ECBS standards. This grade of vault offers a bank grade of protection with the added security of explosive (EX) and Core Drill (CD) certification

The vault was filled with multiple columns of our lockers with cast aluminium doors making a stunning impression to any customer. The finish is timeless. In other vaults additional lockers have been installed alongside those that have been used for 20 years and the difference is hardly perceptible. Several private cubicles were provided for customers to examine their valuable jewellery money or paperwork within the safety of the vault

All customers were registered on the system with a facial photograph and access to the vault is gained via finger biometrics and a proximity card or pin code. Finally, the locker cannot open without the use of a high security key which cannot be copied. These are supplied in duplicate in a sealed pouch to the customer when they first pay for their locker. If they lose both keys the only means of access is drilling out and destroying the lock

We liaised with Alarm and CCTV specialists to complete the security package and provided insurance facilities via a Lloyds of London insurance broker. The client was able to provide an insurance cover of £30,000 per locker for a comfortingly small yearly premium.

The cost of the project was in excess on £1,000,000. Our customers steadfast work in assessing the potential has proved itself. Within 18 months they announced they had recouped their initial investment with only 50 % occupancy of lockers. The yearly rental now provides an ongoing revenue stream



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