We provide security testing of external doors and windows, including sliding sash windows and double doors, to:
- PAS 24
- European burglary resistance standards
We are able to produce assessments of security performance based on existing test evidence and agreed principles.
The driver in the UK for security testing (PAS 24) is Secured by Design
(SBD). This is the UK Police initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’ by use of effective crime prevention and security standards for a range of applications. Research shows that SBD significantly reduces burglary. It supports one of the Government’s key planning objectives – the creation of secure, quality places where people wish to live and work.
PAS 24 windows and doors are tested using the forces typically applied by an intruder using implements such as a crow bar or screw driver. All hardware and potential access points on the window or door are tested in an attempt to open or create an aperture through which an average adult male could enter. The test for Enhanced Security is against an opportunistic intruder attack rather than a test of an individual hardware component and comprises testing against the following:
- Manipulation of hardware
- Evaluation of glazing security
- Mechanical loading test
- Manual check test
Some projects may require alternative security specifications or some manufacturers may wish to differentiate their products from those that simply meet the enhanced security performance requirements. We also provide testing against European standards for burglary resistance:
- BS EN 1627
- BS EN 1628
- BS EN 1629
- BS EN 1630
These test methods allow products to be classified at six levels, starting below the approximate equivalent of PAS 24, rising through increased levels of burglary resistance to those required for nuclear or military applications.