What specification to look for?
This standard is also a requirement of the Association of Chief Police Officers 'Secured by Design' award scheme, which is an award given to houses or other buildings which have been designed to be secure.
What Does a BS 7950 Window Offer?
These windows offer a high degree of security, and can withstand the most determined burglars.
How available are BS7950 windows?
Only about 10% of PVCu manufacturers produce windows even to the lower British Standard which is required for the normal manufacture of ordinary, 'not enhanced security', windows. So be careful, the rest operate without properly monitoring quality control. They may, or may not, produce good windows. It is very difficult to determine by just looking, and there is usually no performance guarantee. The rule of thumb is to ask, don't be fobbed off and don't accept statements that windows are of an "equivalent" standard.
there a cost implication?
However, the good news is that the short term cost will make for longer term savings, such as future maintenance costs are potentially reduced, as burglars no longer attempt to break in, so no replacements are required.
Check with your insurers, you might get a discount on your premium.
So a short term expense will work out into a long term saving
Police forces recommended standard for exterior doors is PAS 24-1.
As they adopt BS 7950 as force policy, it makes sense to do the same for the related door standard.
PAS stands for 'Product Assessment Specification', which is an interim British Standard.
This standard is also a requirement of 'Secured by Design' award scheme.
A combination of windows and doors with this level of security performance vastly increases the physical protection to your house.
So choose wisely and LOCK 'EM OUT!