External doors should be of solid construction (not hollow). If you have a hollow door, consider fitting a high-quality security door. If you want to leave your front or back doors open, fit high-quality security doors. When at home, secure your doors from the inside. Plan how you would get out quickly in an emergency. If you do not have security doors, have a door viewer (peephole) installed so you can see who is on the other side of the door. Fit your external doors with deadlocks, where possible keyed alike so that one key opens them all.
Fit key-operated locks on all windows. Where possible, have them keyed alike so that one key opens them all.
What is the difference between a single lock and a triple lock (3 point lock)?
Firstly, we need to explain the difference between the two locking systems. A single locked door is a door with one central lock only. This lock is located in the centre of either the right-hand side or the left-hand side outside looking in (you can choose either left or right side lock and a precise lock).
Triple locks also have one central lock. However, they also have an internal rod that connects to two additional locks, one above the main lock and one below the main lock. Both locking systems have an internal snib that enables it to be locked internally without using the key. By using the key, you are able to deadlock the main lock, and with the triple locking system, the top and bottom locks in one simple process.
Triple locks are significantly more secure as opposed to a single lock for the simple reason that it looks at three points on the jamb, a little more work is required when installing three-point locks. However, after installation, they operate identically.
Triple locks are slightly more expensive and a little harder to install than a single lock, however, significantly more secure and well worth the additional cost and labour.