Communal Door Security Tips
Front door security is so important. You can read about how to secure a door with our IKS Locksmiths front door security tips.
When you are talking about communal entrance doors security becomes more high risk. Communal entrance doors for flats have multiple key holders increasing the likelihood of a security breach. Securing door locks well form communal properties needs to be approached with a different mindset.
What is the Best Way to Secure a Door When it is Shared?
A Strong Door
A strong door is a must. If choosing a new or replacement communal door quality is of the utmost importance. This article and this article on The Crime Prevention website give information on communal door security and are a good read if you are looking into replacing or choosing a new communal door.
Door reinforcement is particularly important when it comes to communal door security. The use of a London bar and a Birmingham bar are recommended to strengthen a door and prevent against forced entry.
It is important that residents form good habits remembering not to let others into the building unless they know they live there and never leaving the communal door propped open.
A door closer is highly recommended to prevent doors being left open by accident.
Communal Door Entry Systems
Communal door entry systems can have the advantage of being keyless. The disadvantage however is that many of these are powered by electricity and fail in the event of a power cut.
An Intercom System
If you are choosing an intercom system a lock that cannot be slipped open will make your door more secure than others. Cisa locks are one of the best locks for this purpose.
An Autodeadlocking Lock
For a communal door an autodeadlocking lock is a must as it can’t be slipped open with plastic. I would advise choosing one which meets BS8621.
A Letter Box Basket
A basket on the inside of the letter box to collect post will prevent the door getting blocked.
Regular Checks and Maintenance
Regular checks and maintenance of all doors is important. Care and maintenance is especially important with communal doors due to the volume of people using the door.
IMPORTANT FOR COMMUNAL DOOR FIRE SAFETY
- A communal door should never have a deadlock that can’t be opened without the use of a key on the inside.
- There must never be more that one action to unlock a communal door without the use of a key from the inside.
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