Home security is a major concern for us all. There are a multitude of people out there who want to take advantage of you, and part you from your hard earned money and possessions. From scammers, who attempt to talk their way into your home in order to con you into buying unnecessary and overpriced products or services, to burglars and thieves, desperate to turn your valuables into their ill gotten gains. We all want to ensure that our homes are as safe and secure as they can possibly be, so can a simple door chain or bolt really add any level of security to our existing front and back door locks?
While it is true that a chain may not stop the determined intruder from gaining entry, there are still definite benefits to fitting a chain or bolt as they can act as a deterrent; can provide us with valuable peace of mind; and allow us to speak to callers without having to open our doors fully, preventing them from pushing past us and gaining entry in seconds. They can also provide us with priceless extra time in the event of someone forcing entry when we are in our home. These valuable seconds could give us time to escape the property, or call for police assistance.
Even when we are not at home a chain can be an important deterrent. An opportunistic thief, who may not want to force a door chain due to the noise and attention it could attract, may be put off from entering your home and move on to easier pickings. The door chain could also act as an early indicator of a crime, as it may provide the only immediately obvious evidence that your property has been violated, allowing you to contact the police before accidentally contaminating any potential evidence that could reveal the intruder's identity.
Door chains can be particularly valuable for those who may feel vulnerable when answering their front door to callers, such as the elderly. A chain allows them to speak to callers in order to ascertain the reason for their visit and to check their credentials. It can also allow them to take delivery of letters and small parcels without compromising their safety.
There are a variety of door chains available, some of which have some surprisingly inventive features which set them apart from their competitors. A great example of this is a lockable door chain, which incorporates a small cylinder lock in the mechanism. This is an excellent feature for people, such as the elderly or disabled, who want to keep the chain engaged at all times but need members of their support network; such as carers, supported housing wardens, family or friends; to gain access to their property. The door chain's lock is accessible from the outside when the door is ajar, allowing the visitor to open the lock with their key and gain access. This is a particularly useful feature for residents with mobility issues who find it difficult to answer the door themselves.
A door chain does not only have to be an additional form of security for your exterior door. It can also add some extra privacy to your internal office door or workshop, allowing you to get on with your work free from unwanted interruptions.
So, would you like that additional peace of mind that will make you and your family feel safe and sound in the comfort of your home? Why not explore our range of general door chains and bolts here. When deciding which is the right door chain for you it is important to remember that not all chains will fit to UPVC doors , so read the product specifications carefully before you purchase or check out our range of dedicated UPVC chains here.
A door chain is designed to be used in addition to your existing door security, always ensure that you have a robust door lock fitted to the exterior doors of your home in order to guarantee the highest level of security possible.