Flood Protection Doors in the Midlands

We supply and install a range of specially designed doors which have been engineered to protect against flooding. This has been achieved without the need to compromise on security.

Fitted with three point locks they have been tested rigorously so that they carry no less than two kitemarks.

Flooding continues to be a major problem across the Midlands and can cause damages in the millions. Flood protection is an essential part of bringing this cost down by helping guard businesses against the very worse effects.

Communal Doors

The Premium Communal doors sector of the market is an area where we foresee particular growth in the next 5 years as businesses try to team aesthetics with a strong level of security. We supply and install two types of doors which are designed specifically for communal entrances.

Classic 2 The Classic 2 is the latest addition to our range which has been precisely engineered to be the ultimate communal door on the market. Manufactured out of 1.5mm steel, it offers an alternative to the traditional communal entrances which are made out of aluminium.

Tested and approved to PAS 24:2012 this range offers exceptional value as an entrance door which doesn’t compromise on appearance, security or quality.To protect against vandalism doors are provided with a concealed door closer.

*Note this door is available for supply and fit only.

Full Secured by Design accreditation
All options are tested to PAS 24:2012
17 Different Configurations to choose from
Glazing can be substituted for steel panels
Easy Maintenance
New Pivot Hinge System
One Piece Tamper proof seal to secure glazing
Stronger & more impact resistant
Aluminium scratches & dents easier
More durable and resistant to wear
More vandal resistant
Easy Maintenance
Steel Panels can be swapped for glazing
17 Different Styles of door configurations are available to choose from

Demon Communal Doors

Ever popular the ‘Demon’ communal range offers less flexibility in terms of glazing options and is slightly more of an industrial door in terms of appearance. However in terms of strength it provides your building with excellent security.

Leafs are manufactured from 1.5mm thick folded zintec steel and the frames frames from 2mm. For suitability for heavy use they are fitted with continuous steel piano hinges and door closers are concealed in the frame. Variety of locking options are available which can be connected up to an access control system.

Unlike the Classic 2 these can be provided as supply only if you are looking to save on cost although we advise that they are fitted by our fully trained fitters.

*Certified to PAS 24 with Limited Options.

Steel Doors A to Z Jargon Buster

ActivatorIronmongery device (eg: panic or push bar) which both unlocks the door set and opens it in one positive action.
Active LeafThe first leaf to open in a pair of doors (followed by the inactive leaf)
Frame Fixings
See ‘Screw in Frame Fixings.
Generally applied to ironmongery. See ‘PAA’, ‘SAA’, ‘SSA’,’SSS’ and ‘PSS
AstragalOften called the ‘Leading Edge’, ‘Anti Crow Bar’ or ‘Security Astragal’, this feature is a lipped edge to the slam (or non-hinged) side of the active leaf, which creates and additional obstruction to attempts to lever or jemmy the door when shut or locked
Auto BoltingIronmongery that has a series of latches and triggers to ensure that the locks automatically re-engage to secure the opening once the door leaves are shut. Use with a latching door closer to ensure no manual intervention is necessary to close the doors.
Auto Flush BoltSelf locking bolts built into the top and bottom of the leading edge of the active leaf, to automatically snap locked without any need for manual intervention. Secures the active leaf shut first, before the active leaf typically locks to the inactive leaf. Only fitted to double door sets.
Back CheckSetting on a door closer to eliminate over swing. See also ‘Restrictor’
Bathroom LockTo allow internal and external lever handle operation of the door leaf by operating a sprung latch; whilst allowing locking of the door set by an internal thumb turn to operate a dead bolt.
In the context of doors, consider generally ‘part B’, Part L’, Part M’.
CillSee ‘Threshold’
Combined Weather
& Cold Smoke Sea
A stick on rubber profile to seal air gaps at the hinge or leading edge sides of steel door leaves. Manufactured from intumescent material to allow use on fire doors.
CylinderOval or Euro Profile key lock for doors. Can be a half cylinder for external unlocking only; a full double cylinder for internal and external key locking and unlocking; or with an external half cylinder with internal thumb turn.

Disability Discriminations Act 1995. Replaced by the Equality Act 2010.

The disability Discrimination Act was a piece of legislation that promoted civil rights for disabled people and protected disabled people from discrimination. In this context, the Disability Discrimination Act set out building requirements and rules relating to safe ingress and egress through doorways

DDa Compliant
A floor mounted threshold strip, less than 15mm in height, required to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Although now replaced by the Equality Act 2010, the new act incorporates essential requirements of the old act including the provision of accessible low profile threshold strips in key locations.
Dead LockComprising a dead bolt (ie a lock that once double locked cannot be unlocked or activated by any other means than the key, or internal thumb turn where fitted). Can be supplied with lever handles, pull handle and push plate combination or simply a cylinder pull.
Delayed ActionSetting for some models of door closer. Allows the door leaf to remain open for a pre-set time prior to automatically closing at a controlled rate. Useful for wheel chair access and where trolleys are regularly moved through the opening. See also ‘Hold Open Door Closer’.
Door CloserA Mechanical device to pull shut the door leaf without manual intervention, using either the power of a spring or a hydraulic cylinder. See also `Resistor`.
Dog BoltAlso known as ‘Security Stud’ or ‘Hinge Stud’. A metal pin integral to one of the hinge plates, that engages in to a hole or slot in the opposite hinge plate, when the door leaf is closed. This prevents the door leaf being pulled out of the frame if the hinge knuckles are cut from the outside.
Door FunctionDetermine whether the door set is to be used as a Personnel Entry Door, an Emergency Escape (for staff and trained users) or a Panic Escape (for members of the public and untrained users). Where doors are perceived to have multiple functions, generally a hierarchy of importance will emerge; for example an opening that is an emergency escape might also be required to provide a one hour fire rating. In the context of door function, the escape function is critical.
Door FurnitureGenerally used to refer to locks, handles, activators, restrictors and all manner of ‘ironmongery’.
Door LocationEither internal or external to the building.
Door ReferenceAlthough doors can be similar in size, specification and location, it is a real benefit to ascribe each door set an individual reference number for ease of identification.
Door TypeChoose your door set specification based on anticipated use. Start with a Security Door, and upgrade to a 1 Hour Fire Rated Door (FD60) or a 2 Hour Fire Rated Door (FD120). Where a flush wall finish is required for internal sporting venues, choose a Sports Hall Door (with rebound panels and recessed ironmongery).
Door ViewerGlass peep hole with magnification to allow view from the secure side of a door set to an external area; so that safe egress can be determined before unlocking the door set.
Double Leaf
Door Se
A `pair` of leaves, comprising an active and inactive leaf, usually in a three sided frame.
Drop SealA mechanical rubber profile in a metal carrier. When the door leaf is closed towards the fully shut position, an activating button lowers the carrier so as to position the rubber profile in a pre-adjusted position to ensure a uniform seal when the door is fully closed.
Emergency EscapeA push bar, push pad or handle activation to comply with BSEN179; where only staff or trained users are likely to use the door set to leave the building in a fire or alarm condition.
Emergency Escape
Night Latch
See `Escape Night Latch`
Emergency Escape
Sash Lock
See `Escape Sash Lock`.
Escape Night
To allow internal lever handle operation for the door leaf by operating a sprung latch, and external unlocking by a key cylinder from the outside. Automatically locks on closing the door. The door set cannot be dead locked from the inside allowing for ease of escape in case of an emergency. Also known as `Emergency Night Latch`.
Escape Sash Lock To allow internal and external lever handle operation f the door leaf by operating a sprung leaf; whilst allowing locking of the door set by the integration of an external lock cylinder and internal cylinder or thumb turn to operate a deadbolt. Latch automatically engages on closing the door. However, when locked both the deadbolt and the latch bolt are withdrawn simultaneously by the inside lever handle, using a `split follower` function. Also known as ` emergency Escape sash Lock`.
EscutcheonsThe protective face plate around a key hole or door handle. Standard SSS finish.
Etch PrimerSee`Finishes`.
EuroprofileA standardised European Union Lock Cylinder type.
Exidor 402 Touch
bar System
A high quality panic escape system to comply with BSNEN1125. Only a very light touch is required to operate the activator, making the system very suitable for recessed fitting to sports hall doors. Can be supplied unlock and open the door from the outside.
External AccessAn ironmongery device is provided to allow unlocking and opening of a door leaf from the outside of the secured zone/building. See also ‘Knob Set’ and ‘Outside Access Device’.
Fan LightGlazed over panel above a metal door set.
FD60 or FD120 or

Fire doors are rated in minutes of resistance to the spread of a fire.

FD60 is a 1 hour rated door (FD60 OR Fire Rated Door 60 Minutes)
FD120 is a 2 hour fire rated door (FD120 or Fire Door 120 Minutes)
FD240 is a 4 hour fire rated door (FD240 or Fire Door 240 Minutes)

Finger PlateSee Push Plate
Finger Protection Strips/guards to prevent pinching of fingers in the hinge gap on the inside and/or outside of a door set. Used where vulnerable, elderly or children have unsupervised access to the door set.

Paint coatings applied to bare metal doors, usually via a process of polyester powder coating (PPC) . Bare metal is first treated using an etch primer, prior to top coating.

Can include standard and non-standard colours, food safe; lead free and marble or timber effect finishes. PPC is typically applied electro statically and without the need for environmentally unfriendly solvents. A PPC finish is cured under high temperature once applied and gives a hardened finish.

Fire RatedDesigned for fire compartmentalisation and to reduce the spread of fire. Door product is burn tested to BS476 part 22 to ensure suitability for fire protection in buildings. Door fire ratings are expressed in minuets of fire resistance – e.g. FD60, FD120 etc
Flush BoltGenerally a means of securing the inactive leaf of a double door set. See Auto Flush Bolt and Manual Flush Bolt
Frame Grommets Snap in plastic dome plugs to blank off fixing holes in the door frame.
Frame Options

Different depths of door frame are suitable for different applications.

Specify 120mm frames as standard; or 100mm where there is a limited, firm, fixing substrate face to support the door set. 250mm Cavity Frames can be specified to span voids between brick and block walls and so as to ensure adequate structural fixing of the door frame.

Frame TypesWrap around frames can be provided to improve refurbishment or poorly formed openings. 100mm Clamp Frames can be provided for Durawall °°°°incorporated into the Equality Act 2010) a 4 sided frame can be used for maximum security.
Which side the door is hung (ie hinged). Also used to describe which way the door leaf opens. Derived by standing so that the hinge knuckles are visible, with the door shut. If the hinges are on the right then the door is ‘right handed’ (or ‘RH’) and so on. Consider also whether the door set is inward or outward opening.
Used to describe which way the active door leaf opens. Derived by standing so that the hinge knuckles are visible, with the door shut. If the right hand leaf is required to be active then the door is ‘right handed’ (or ‘RH’) and so on. Consider also whether the door set is inward or outward opening.
HandleMeans of overriding the door latch to open the door set (as with a sash lock for example); or a D shaped or cranked ‘pull handle’, used to move the door easily from the closed position, by establishing a point by which to easily grasp the door leaf.
Head or HeaderThe top, horizontal member of the door frame.
Hinge StudSee ‘Dog Bolt’.
Hold Open Device Allows the door leaf to remain open at 90°. Useful for wheel chair access and where trolleys are regularly moved through the opening.
Hold Open StayA mechanical arm to prop open a door at pre-determined position.
Inactive LeafThe second leaf to open in a pair of doors (preceded by the active).

Also referred to as ‘Door Hardware’ or ‘Furniture’.

Generally and technically incorrectly used, but colloquially coined to mean the different locks, handles and accessories etc. Used on a door set.

Jamb ConstructionHow the fixing substrate is made up- eg: steel, masonry or timber. A fuller description is helpful to assist in determining suitable fixings.
JambsThe vertical frame legs- comprising a pair of hinge janbs (a double door) or a hinge and lock jamb for a single door. Fixed to the ‘head’.
Kick Plate Metal Strip (usually 150mm high) designed to prevent scuffing and rub marks across the bottom of the door leaf. Used in high traffic areas.
Knob SetSee ‘Outside Access Device’
LatchA non-locking catch which locates into a keep plate; typically withdraw by operation of lever handles on a sprung rose. Can be unsprung depending on ironmongery specification.
Latching Door
A Door Closer that slams itself shut by applying an additional mechanical force when 10 degrees from rotation into the shut position. Often used Auto Bolting Ironmongery.
Leading EdgeThe non-hinged edge of the active door leaf; can be lipped (with ‘Astragal’) or non-lipped.
Leaf and a Half An unequal leaf configuration of a pair of doors, where the active leaf is as close to full width size as possible; the inactive leaf is consequently the unequal or narrower leaf. The narrower leaf may only be wide enough to incorporate flush bolts.
Leaf SelectorDesigned to allow rebated auto closing doors to latch closed in the correct sequence (i.e. inactive leaf first, then the active leaf).
Lever HandlesMeans of overriding the door latch to open the door set (as with a sash lock or dead lock for example). Usually mounted on a sprung rose to self latch shut when pushed too.
LockA means of securing a single door leaf to its ‘lock jamb; or of securing an active leaf to an inactive leaf in a pair of doors. Consists of a lock case with latch and a slam plate to activate the break of the latch.
LouvresVent or grille in a door leaf, to allow air flow. For use in natural ventilation systems, in plant room doors etc. Typically a free air flow of 50% is required. Can be augmented with bird, insect or vermin mesh to keep out unwanted visitors.
MaglockElectrically operated magnetic lock, usually operated remotely or by local permission switch or break glass unit.
Manual Flush BoltOnly fitted to double door sets. Locking bolts are built in to the top and bottom leading edge of the inactive leaf, which can be manually snapped, locked. Secures the inactive leaf shut first, before the active leaf typically locks to the inactive leaf.
MorticeAs in ‘mortice fitted’ i.e where lock boxes or shoot bolts are recessed into the door leaf or frame profile. As opposed to surface mounted.
Neoprene StopThe flexible plastic weather seal fitted to a Standard Threshold.
Night LatchTo allow internal lever handle operation of the door leaf (when in the unlocked condition) by operating a sprung latch, and external access by unlocking with a key cylinder from the outside. Automatically dead locks on closing unless the ‘snib’ is held back. Often used for controlled access to a building or an area. External cylinder may have a ‘Cylinder Pull’ or the door leaf might have a ‘Pull Handle’. Doors with a night latch are often fitted with a door closer.
Opening Direction Inward opening, into a building or Outward opening from the building. Can be difficult to determine when between zones inside a building. A common reference point might be required, for example-doors opening into corridors from rooms are ‘outward’ opening;etc.
Outside Access
A ‘Knob Set’ or lever handle, provided to activate an internal emergency or panic escape ironmongery set, from outside the building. Includes a key operated cylinder. Gives a Personnel Use function to what would otherwise only be an escape door set. Useful for controlled access for ‘out of hours’ key holders.
Over PanelA fixed or demountable metal faced panel installed above a door set to fill an oversize opening, as a cheaper and more functional alternative to a very large door. May be Glazed (as in a ‘fan light’).
PAAPolished Anodised Aluminium architectural ironmongery finish.
Panel TypeSolid, glazed or louvre door leaves in a number of layouts and configurations.
Panic EscapeActivation to comply with BSEN1125; where untrained users or members of the public would have to use the door set as an exit, so door operation has to be instinctive and not require training.
Personnel UseFor entry and exit during normal use with a latch, lock and handles to pull the leaf/leaves open.
PSSPolished Stainless Steel architectural ironmongery finish.
Pull HandleUsually a ‘D’ shaped handle mounted on the outside of the door leaf, to move the door easily from the closed position, by establishing a point by which to easily grasp and pull open the door leaf.
Push Pad

A single point locking device with a pad or paddle handle to allow ease of activation of a single door set or the active leaf of a double door set0

Complies with BSEN179.

Push Plate

A metal plate with an architectural finish, to allow a door leaf to be pushed open without scoring or marking the door leaf finish
RAL NumberAn internationally recognised system of paint coding to promote colour conformity and systematic finishing. Please request powder coated finishes by citing a suitable RAL number.
Re-Bound PanelsDesigned to ensure doors in Sports Halls are always flush to internal wall finishes, so as to remove corners of walls into which athletes might run or stumble. Formed from padded core material inside a thin metal skin to ensure rigidity but a softened impact if needed.
RestrictorA mechanical means of preventing a door swinging beyond a fixed point and thus preventing damage; for example a door restricted to 90 degrees opening to avoid a clash with adjacent brick wall reveals. Also useful for preventing snatching of door leave in high winds; if snatched, the restrictor limits the over swing of the door. See also ‘Back Check’, ‘Door Closer’, ‘Latching Door Closer’, ‘Hold Open Door Closer’ and ‘Stay’.
SAASatin Anodised Aluminium architectural ironmongery finish.
Safety GlassLaminated glass, designed to reduce damage and injury if broken.
Sash LockTo allow internal and external lever handle operation of the door leaf by operating a sprung latch; whilst allowing locking of the door set by the integration of an external lock cylinder and internal cylinder or thumb turn to operate a dead bolt. Latch automatically engages on closing the door.
Screw-In Frame
Threaded adjusters in the frame jambs, which can be screwed out to set the frame in the structural opening before fixing. Easy to use and a time saving device used in lieu of traditional metal or plastic packers.
SCPSatin Chrome Plated architectural ironmongery finish.
SealSee ‘Combined Weather & Cold Smoke Seal’.
Side LightA fixed or demountable glazed side panel adjacent to a metal door set.
Side Panel

A fixed or demountable panel installed adjacent to a door set to fill in an oversize opening, as a cheaper and more functional alternative to a very large door with larger than average leaves.

May contain a louvre or glazing (as in ‘side light’).

Single Leaf
Door Set
As opposed to a pair of doors; comprising an active leaf only, in a three sided frame. Leaf is hung (hinged) on one side, and the other side slams (locks) into the opposite jamb.
Sports Hall Door

Sports Halls are always flush to internal wall finishes, so as to remove corners of walls into which athletes might run or stumble.

Formed from padded core material inside a thin metal skin to ensure day to day rigidity but a softened impact in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Sprung Rose

The pivot point of a lever handle, or pair of lever handles; sprung to allow automatic re-latching when the door is closed.

Supplied as standard with the lever handle set, escutcheons etc.

Spy ViewerSee ‘Door Viewer’
Standard Threshold See ‘Threshold’
StayRestrictor to prevent over swing of a door leaf. See also ‘Hold Open Stay’.
Stock DoorUsually defined as a range of standard doors, often offered in limited sizes and ironmongery options, to suit short order time requirements. Often only available from others in a primed finish. However bespoke made doors need not take long from order, it is worth asking.
Structural Opening
The vertical hole in the wall dimension that the door will have to fit into. Measure at the tightest points of the opening, and not less than at the left, middle and right of the opening. Consider also the formation of the reveal depth. Does the reveal get wider or narrower as it gets deeper?
Structural Opening
The horizontal hole in the wall dimension that the door will have to fit into. Measure at the tightest points of the opening, and not less than at the top, middle and bottom of the opening. Consider also the formation of the reveal depth. Does the reveal get wider or narrower as it gets deeper?
SSASatin Silver Aluminium architectural ironmongery finish.
SSSSatin Stainless Steel architectural ironmongery finish.
SuitedWhere the key cylinders are made to accept a common key type; can be grouped or sub-suited in advance if requirements are known.
Surface MountedFixed on to the door, rather than mortice fitted into it.
Three Point
A bolting system which secures the door leaf into the frame by three different lock points (usually at the head, into the slam side jamb and into the threshold). Three point locking provides greater locking strength than single or two point locks, however consider also the strength of the frame, the leaf and the supporting structure (ie the wall).
ThresholdA profiled metal strip with rubber seal, fixed to the floor between the door jambs. Creates a weather and light seal at the foot of the door. Options available for inward and outward opening door types.
Two Point LockingA bolting system which secures the door leaf into the frame by two different lock points (usually at the head and into the threshold).
Unequal Leaf
See ‘Leaf and a Half’.
ViewerSee ‘Door Viewer’.
Vision PanelsSingle or double glazed units of glass with a metal clamp frame; either integrated into the door leaf itself, or into the side or over panels. Can be fire rated if required.
Wrap Around
See ‘Frame Types’ and ‘Frame Options’.
ZintecHigh quality electro-zinc coated mild steel to BSEN10152: 2009; the process increases corrosion resistance of the base metal.


Steel Door Maintenance


Ensure there is no visible wear on the hinge. Any marks, stains around the hinge knuckle may indicate wear and or impending failure, if the latter the hinge must be replaced as soon as possible. Hinges should be lubricated every three months using a high quality lubricant.

Door Closure’s/ Friction Stays

Ensure that the door closure is working correctly, a smooth motion should be seen with no jerking or shuddering. Doors should not be wedged open for long periods. Open the door and check that is closes smoothly without catching on the floor. Open the door approximately 5 degrees and check that it closes and latches smoothly and firmly. The door closing speed should be about 10 seconds from a 90 degree angle but does not slam. To correct remove face plate of door closure and using a screwdriver adjust the pressure screws until a reasonable closing speed is achieved

Friction Stays:-

Should always be tensioned when being fitted to the door set. Location and climate must be taken into account when adjusting the resistance level of the friction stay. .

Electro-Magnet Hold Open and Swing Free Devices

Make sure that any electro-magnetic hold-open device is operating correctly and releases immediately when power is turned off.

Locks, Lever Handles and Cylinders

Check that the levers fully return to the horizontal after use and that the latch bolt is engaging smoothly and completely into the strike. Clean off any metal dust deposits from the latch bolt and strike plate. Check cylinder throws the latch/deadbolt smoothly into the receiver. Adjust, tighten or lubricate as needed.

All Ironmongery

Make sure that all fixings are secure. Ensure all hinges, closers, friction stays, locks and other hardware are lubricated /maintained at the required intervals. Seal MUST BE FITTED correctly to the door frame. Tolerances are calibrated for OUR seals only, do not use any other manufacturer’s product.

Quarterly Maintenance Guide

Hinges and ALL working parts must be lubricated with LANOLIN solution. Check Door and frame for damage
Check the door leaf alignment. Making sure door does not scrape on the floor and has an optimum clearance of 6mm.
Check locks, cylinders, latches, handles, panic hardware, closure, friction stays and any other ironmongery for loose fixings, smooth operation and security, Retighten/lubricate/adjust as needed.
Cylinder should only be lubricated with either TEFLON OR GRAPHITE based oils.


General maintenance

To ensure safe, reliable operation regular maintenance is essential. Maintenance frequency will depend on door usage.

Door cycles per day Maintenance periods

Up to 15Every Six months
Up to 30Every Four Months
Up to 40Every Two Months
Up to 50Every Five Weeks
Over 50Every two weeks

Pre finished doors are easily cleaned using mild household detergents or washing up liquid with warm water


use any chemicals, solvents, bleach or abrasive type cleaners which will affect the paint finish.

What Shops do Burglars target?

Burglars will target any type of shop depending on what they are looking to take. This is because every single shop has money in it, which is the most common reason why shops are targeted. They will break in to steal money out of the till, the safe or sometimes if they haven’t got enough time to crack the safe there and then, they will take the whole safe with them and attack it later when they have more time and there is less risk of being interrupted or disturbed.

The goods inside the shop will often be taken because they can be sold on to make easy money. Every type of shop is vulnerable to being burgled, from tiny corner shops and takeaways right up to big department stores and car dealerships.

There are different types of burglary and different ways which burglars gain access to shops. If it is just an opportunist burglary or sometimes known as a smash and grab, then it will have had little or no planning and often access is gained by just smashing a window. .In these cases the burglars will just take what ever they can grab quickly so they can be in and out as fast as possible. Another type of burglary is called a ram raid. This is where a car or some other type of vehicle is driven at high speed at the shop, normally into the doors.

The vehicle is quite often stolen a few days before the burglary and dumped or burned out after. Again this is a quick type of burglary where the thieves will grab what they can in a short amount of time and then leave as quick as possible. These types of burglary make a lot of mess and often cost more in repairs than the value of the goods taken.

There are some burglars that break into shops knowing exactly what they are going to steal. They will have done research and background work so they will know exactly how they are going to gain access to the property, where they are going once they have gained access, their way out of the building and their escape route away from the burglary.

These burglars will also have ways of deactivating security devices so they can spend as much time as they need in the premises. To do this they may disable the burglar alarm by spraying foam in it so the two bells cannot bang against each, therefore there will be no sound. They might cut the signalling to the alarm.

Another common tactic used by burglars is to set off the alarms repeatedly so that the owners of the building and the police stop responding to it, then with the alarm disabled it is much easier for the burglars to gain entry. Once they are in they can do more or less what they like, if you have a delivery bay they would be able to operate the shutter so they could drive a van in to load up.

They would have as much time as they liked to take the goods which they wanted and break open any safe that might be there. Also because they have the run of the place, then quite often they would exit the building via a different way to which they entered.

Car dealerships are often targeted not just for the money but for the cars which they stock. Normally these are high specification, top end cars such as BMW, Mercedes etc. They are quite often stolen to order so the thieves know exactly which car they going to take and they can get them out of their possession very quickly. It is often very technical and well organised criminal gangs that commit this type of burglary.

Chemist’s shops are often targeted by burglars; again this is because of the money in the till but also because of the pharmaceuticals which will be in the store. Often drug addicts will break into a chemists shop to steal prescription drugs if they are unable to obtain any illegal drugs. They may also want to take any money which may be in the premises, which they would use to buy drugs on the street. The drug culture in this country is behind a large majority of burglaries committed.

Probably the most common form of burglary from retail premises is shop lifting. This is when someone enters a shop picks up an item, then exits or attempts to exit the shop without paying. Shop lifting is anything from small things such as chocolate bars and sweets up right up to larger more expensive goods. People have even been known to walk out with items such as television sets and bicycles etc.

So any sort of shop and retail premises that has money or goods inside it is a potential target for a burglar and unfortunately it seems as though this will always be the case.

While Your School is Closed

Schools are one of the main targets for criminals especially burglars, vandals and arsonists. They are most vulnerable when closed at evenings, weekends and holidays. When a school is vandalised or burgled there are many consequences, not just the financial cost but it also affects staff and pupils both physically and mentally. If equipment is damaged or taken it will considerably affect the pupils learning. Opportunistic crime makes up about 75% of all recorded crime in schools and is often carried out by pupils, parents, outsiders and shockingly staff.

There are many steps and measures which you can take to try and prevent criminals attacking your school.

The starting point would be to install a secure boundary fencing around the perimeter of the school grounds. This fence should be high to make it difficult to climb and you could also put anti climb paint around the top as long as there are signs clearly visible, warning people about the paint. Try to limit the number of pedestrian and vehicle access points around the perimeter. You could also use landscaping or planting trees on the inside of the fence to make it even more difficult. If someone did manage to get over the fence these trees would make it harder to get to the building and it would look better and more pleasing to the eye.

Next it would be a good idea to have CCTV cameras installed to monitor any movement or any suspicious activity. It is important to protect these cameras from vandalism; you could do this by fitting some sort of cage to prevent it by hit by stones or some other sort of missile. It would be better if they were installed high up so they could not be covered by anything and to stop the lenses being sprayed with paint or another liquid to block visibility.

It is also a good idea to have some security lights installed that come on when they detect any movement. Again it is important to protect these from vandalism.

If it is a new build the design and shape of the building are very important from a security point of view. Try to avoid designing it with recesses, overhangs or any other areas that would provide cover, shelter or a hiding place for anyone. Also try not to have any flat roofs on the building; these are a major weakness because they often have sky lights and ventilators on them which can be kicked through easily.

This will leave a big enough hole for someone to lower themselves down and get into the school. You should also try to avoid providing any easy climbing materials for any potential burglar or vandal to use to get on the roof; these are things like gutters, down pipes and window ledges. Also try and keep bins and skips away from the building or in a secure area as these can be used to stand on to climb up and they can also be set on fire quite easily.

If on the other hand it is not a new build and you are experiencing some of these problems there are some precautions that you can take. You could put anti climb paint on the gutters and down pipes, this would make it extremely difficult to climb as the paint is very greasy.

If someone touches the paint then their finger prints stay on it and also once it gets on your clothes it does not come off. You could also put anti climb paint and/or metal spikes around the edge of the roof. Anywhere that you put anti climb paint or spikes there must be signs warning people what is there and these signs must be clearly visible.

If you don’t put up any signs and someone tries to get on to the roof and injures them self, you are liable and likely to face criminal charges. To stop someone entering through a sky light if you have any the best way would be to install burglar bars to the inside of the sky light.

The next step for protecting your school would be to install physical security equipment to the windows, doors and any other openings. Physical security is things such as concertina grilles, steel doors, burglar bars, roller shutters and anti vandal screening. Each of these have are effective in different situations depending whether you are trying to protect against burglary, vandalism or both.

If your main problem is vandalism such as smashing glass on windows or doors, the best option for you would be anti vandal screening or roller shutters. These would be fitted on the outside so that any stones or missiles thrown at the windows would not be able to hit and damage the glass.

So they would work perfectly to stop windows being broken, however there are some bad points to these. Because they are fitted externally they may be ripped of easily, the shutters may also be ripped off easily and they can be jacked up as well. The box at the top could also be used as a platform for someone to climb up on to a roof or to break into any window that might be above. So in solving one problem you could cause yourself another one.

Another way of preventing glass being smashed is to install some anti vandal screening on the outside of the windows or doors that you want to protect. This is a steel mesh manufactured in an aluminium frame; they can be made for reveal or face fit.

These panels can be made up to up to a size of 1700mm x 2500mm, if the size you require is larger than that, two pieces would have to be joined together using a joining bar. The anti vandal screening can be fitted onto each individual panel of the window or one sheet to cover the whole window.

As the steel mesh is usually black, it gives the appearance of having tinted glass from a distance, but close up it is a good visual deterrent that would usually stop people from attempting to smash the glass. The screening allows 60% of the light through. The down side to this product is that because it is fitted on the outside anyone trying to rip it off would have as much time as they needed.

What you must remember is that this screening is not for security purposes; it is only designed to prevent vandalism. There is a product which is similar to this but is designed for security and vandalism purposes. Instead of a steel mesh it is a strengthened polycarbonate sheet manufactured in an aluminium frame. This can stand up to a tremendous amount of attack from items such as stones and bricks being thrown at it and most hand tools.

If you are worried burglary and intruders entering the school, you need some physical security on the inside of the windows or doors. On the windows you could have concertina security grilles, burglar bars or roller shutters. Roller shutters have a number of bad points which were pointed out earlier up the page.

Solid steel burglar bars, when installed correctly are the strongest but are not very pleasing to look at, they are often referred to as prison bars and this is the main reason why a lot of people don’t like them. They are normally found on toilet windows and in sky lights. They work especially well in sky lights because if someone kicks the sky light through they would find it extremely difficult to get through the bars.

There are hollow bars and removable bars on the market. Hollow bars are made of steel but are a tube instead of being solid, so they can be cut through easier. Removable bars have a frame that is fixed to the reveal of the window with holes in the top and bottom for the actual bars to locate into.

There is a lock on the front so when you turn the key you are able to pull the bars out. If you do decide to have bars fitted anywhere it would be best to have the solid steel ones as they are much stronger.

Tinted glass or a dark film on the windows will make it difficult to see what is on the inside. This will benefit you because often people will not bother to break in if they cannot see what is in there to steal. On the other hand though everybody knows that schools will have computers, laptops and projectors inside. So the film or tinted glass will just make it difficult for a potential burglar to identify where in the school these items are stored.

The most common choice for window protection against burglars and intruders are concertina security grilles. These can be opened and closed as you wish so you could have them open during the day and then shut them when you leave. When open they often hide quite neatly behind the curtains or blinds.

The grilles will be custom made to your exact size; so as well as on windows you can have them on the inside of door ways and any other opening such as shelters, bike stores etc. You can have them as a pair so they open to both sides of the opening or as a one way so they open to one side or the other. They come with various options such as lift up and lift out bottom tracks to avoid a trip hazard.

Usually the grilles are supplied in a powder coated white finish, however a variety of other colours are available so you should be able to get a pretty good match to the surroundings. These other colours do add extra cost to the price of the grilles. Security grilles work well with your alarm system because the PIR sensor should be aiming at the window or door so as soon as the glass is smashed the alarm will start to sound and make the would be intruder panic and leave very little time for them to attack and attempt to break through the grill. It is even better if the alarm is linked to direct to the local police.

If your doors are a weak and vulnerable point on the building, the best way to solve this is to replace the existing doors with steel doors. There are several different types of steel door that you can get, these are fire exit doors, fire rated doors, security doors, personnel doors, communal entrance doors and substation/ventilated doors.

The doors can be fitted with additional extras and furniture such as vision panels, letter boxes, spy viewers etc. You can have single or double doors, even leaf and a half doors. Fixed panels are available for the side and top, these to can be solid or have vision panels in them.

There are different locking mechanisms available such as a multi locking system, magnetic locks, single and multi point panic bars and many more. As with the grilles, the doors can be custom made to you required sizes and specifications. They will normally come in a standard powder coat primer grey but a variety of other colours are available, this will add extra cost to the door though.

This shows you that there are many options for you to consider when trying to protect your school from vandalism and burglary when it is empty. Just make sure you choose the one that will best suit your needs. The most important thing to remember is that if someone is determined enough and has enough time, they will get through anything. The options I have talked about will slow them down and make it a lot more difficult for them.

Leasing of Security Equipment

We can offer in partnership with a number of finance companies a leasing agreement on our security installations, investing in effective physical security can be a large investment and it can put pressure on the budget, obviously it does not a good idea to cut corners with a security installation because of a shortage of immediate funds

Even if the funds are available it may still make sense to lease the equipment because it releases the funds for other uses within the organisation.

100% of the lease rental can be set against a companies corporation tax liabilities in the same year, if the equipment is purchased outright it is treated as an asset so that only depreciation can be offset against tax each year.

Key Benefits of Leasing are:-

– Helps Cash Flow, prevents tying up capital
– Cost of installation included in rental
– Rental payments are 100% tax deductible
– Existing credit facilities can be retained for other uses
– No short cuts taken because of lack of funds
– The equipment is owned at the end of the leasing period

For more information or a quotation please call our office, 0121 445 2587

Please note leasing is not available to domestic customers

Window & Door Safety and Security For Schools & Colleges

Most schools and colleges have a problem with security and vandalism to some degree, any measures taken need to take account the issue of safety as well as the need to retain a pleasant friendly environment for the students.

At Security Care we have many years of working with schools and tailor making our window and door security meet their specific needs.

Protecting glazing against breakage

Glass breakage is a great problem for schools, it is expensive to replace and there is the need to comply to *regulation 14, there is also the problem of vandalism and glass being accidentally broken.

Vandal Shield screens have been designed to protect glazing on the inside or outside of windows and doors and can be supplied either as a perforated steel screen in an aluminium frame or a clear polycarbonate screen.

The neatest way for them to be installed is direct to the window frame or door so that the appearance is retained and the windows or door can be opened and closed normally.

Key Features:-

Long Life:- designed to stand the type of use and abuse they are likely to be subjected to in a school.

Low Maintenance:- need very little maintenance, apart from cleaning.

Aesthetically Pleasing:- supplied with powder coated coloured frames, no planning issues unlike roller shutters where it will be required.

Steel Security & Safety doors

In the school environment our low maintenance steel doors are designed for heavy duty usage, we supply specially designed doors available to comply with health and safety requirements, with finger guards and door stops included on the doors.

Key Features:-

Long Life:- our steel doors are designed to stand the type of use and abuse they are likely to be subjected in a school.

Low Maintenance:- unlike the wooden equivalent steel doors need very little maintenance.

Aesthetically Pleasing:-powder coated coloured finishes available, clean modern appearance.

High level of Security:- our steel doors are many more times secure than doors made of other materials.

Safety Included:- many safety features can be added to the doors so that fingers cannot be trapped.

Cost Effective:- our steel doors are much cheaper long term than doors made of other materials because they last longer and need little maintenance.

Security grilles

Opening security grilles are usually the neatest and most effective way of securing windows and doors, fitted on the inside they are difficult to attack from the outside without setting off the alarm system, even when locked closed they let light in and have an attractive appearance, the grilles we supply for schools are independently tested to LPS 1175 level 1, a standard recognised by the insurance companies and the police.

Key Features:-

Long Life:- our Security Grilles are designed to stand the type of use and abuse they are likely to be subjected to in a school.

Low Maintenance:- unlike the equivalent roller shutters need very little maintenance.

Aesthetically Pleasing:- powder coated coloured finishes available, clean modern appearance.

High level of Security:- tested grilles are recognised by the police and the insurance companies.

Safe to use:- can be supplied with locks to stop the gather being tampered with.

Cost Effective:- Security Grilles are much cheaper long term than shutters made of other materials because they need little maintenance.

Regulation 14 imposes a duty of care on those responsible for health and safety to ensure a risk assessment are regularly carried out on the safety of glazing.