Managing the security to your home

Are Grilles on Windows and Doors a good idea?

Security Screens and Grilles can be a great idea for extra security and many look aesthetically pleasing but be aware that security grilles that have not been both manufactured and installed to Australian standards may not stand up to a break-in attempt.

Aluminium pop rivets can be particularly weak and can be broken easily and if not properly installed then all you really have is a heavy duty flyscreen.

Australian standards involved simulating three minutes worth of rough treatment such as kicking, levering with a screwdriver and pulling with the force of a large man.

While the community can assist us by ensuring their homes are well secured by various means including good quality Grilles, you should check the following if you have them currently installed:

  • Check your grilles are secure
  • Grilles should be screwed every 300mm
  • Grilles should be fixed from the inside, or with tamper-proof screws if done from the outside
  • Hinged grille doors must have three hinges and be triple locking
  • Sliding grille doors must not be able to be lifted off the tracks and should also be triple locked


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