Reviewed by David Savage
Securing our homes against burglars can be a very worrying problem, especially as it is reported that around ½ million forced entry burglaries take place in the UK every year (approx. one every minute). We all have lots of entry points into our homes through various doors and windows, with the easiest entry point being from the rear garden through patio or French doors. Apart from always making sure that doors and windows are securely locked there are other methods you can use to secure your home.
You can fit window locks, bolts to doors, add security lights and alarms and even install cameras which send alerts to your phone. Whilst these are all excellent methods that are encouraged to be used, there is still more that can be done.
With the growing trend of lock snapping on patio and French doors (access can generally be gained within 30 seconds – based on standard euro cylinder locks) these doors need to be secured in a better fashion and Patlock have the perfect device.
So what it is the Patlock Internal French Door Lock? Well this is a lock for double doors with handles on both doors (if your set of doors only have one handle you can always fit a dummy handle to the other door to be able to use the Patlock). The Patlock is for internal installation. It is easy to fit and remove, requires no drilling, screws or gluing or even keys or codes. It is a visible deterrent whilst making the doors harder to break and gain entry to – even if the lock is snapped.
The Patlock has been awarded “Secured by Design” accreditation and is recommended by Police Forces and Crime Prevention Associations throughout the UK. Secured by Design (SBD) is the Official Police Security Initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit. The Patlock is also endorsed by the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
So what do you get with the Patlock? In the box is:
- 1x Patlock
- 2x Tamper-proof Spindles
- 2x Spring Clips
- 2x Window Stickers
- 1x Instruction leaflet
The Patlock is very easy to fit:
- Push the buttons to release each half
- Place each half over each door handle
- Push the two pieces together
With the doors locked and the Patlock fitted, the doors are now secured. Even if the lock is snapped or removed from the outside, the handles are secured and cannot be opened from the outside, ensuring that the multi-point locks and shoot bolts in the door locking mechanism remain engaged.
Whilst the Patlock can be used as it is, it also comes with 2 tamper-proof spindles and spring clips for added security to maintain the integrity of the internal handles and the Patlock as they can’t be removed from the outside. These are to replace the spindles already in the door handles and are easy to fit (they fit most doors, but if too long will require cutting and it is recommended a professional locksmith fit them).
Once the Patlock is installed, it is visible from the outside so that anyone trying to gain entry can see that a security device is fitted. Whilst the patio doors are generally an easy entry point (especially as they are usually at the rear of the property) and access can be gained in under 30 seconds, with a visible deterrent a burglar will not want to try entry as it takes too much time trying to gain entry, increasing the risk of being caught. Even if they do decide to try, the handles are secured internally, keeping the door locked.
The Patlock doesn’t look horrid when installed. It is white in colour, blends in with white uPVC doors. It is simple to fit and remove, literally in seconds, but does an excellent job of securing the doors. As it is endorsed by Neighbourhood Watch, Secured by Design and recommend by police forces around the UK you might even be able to get a slight discount on your home insurance if you are using one (check with your insurer first).
Overall, this is an excellent security measure for patio/French doors. It works well and is very easy to use. It is not a replacement for locking your doors but will stop them being opened if you forgot to lock them and just put on the Patlock.
Whilst no home security measures can 100% guarantee that you won’t be burgled, the Patlock is an excellent deterrent and is definitely a worthwhile investment.
Push, click, secure.