Turn your bedroom area into a safe haven
There are lots of reasons for wanting to turn your bedroom area into a safe haven: the need for a good night’s sleep without worrying about a break-in; you’re alone at home and want to relax in bed with a good book; the children are being left at home with a babysitter while you’re out. Here are some ideas on how to secure this area for these reasons or any other.
Shut yourself in with roller shutters
Roller shutters, especially lightweight but robust aluminium ones, can be fantastically convenient. Fully automated shutters can be operated by remote control, using a hand-held portable remote, but they can also be activated by the control panel fixed to the wall. Fit one in your passage and use it to seal off the bedroom area whenever you need to. You can request a viewing panel combined with the solid slats, so that you can see what’s happening on the other side if necessary. When you don’t need the shutters, they roll up and out of sight into a neat, compact shutter box.
Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium shutters can be automated for easy remote control from your safe area.
Block out the baddies with retractable security gates
Trellis-style sliding security gates have long been popular for front and kitchen doors, but they’re also great for safe areas. Creating one could be as simple as installing a retractable gate in your passage or blocking off your entire upstairs area with a security gate across your stairway, including any balustrade that could provide access to determined criminals. Choose a design that stacks neatly to the side when not in use as you don’t want its bulk taking up too much walk-space. Some suppliers also let you choose the gate key permutations: different keys for each security gate; all gates keyed alike; or random keys for all gates with one master key.
Trellidor Retractable Security gates stack neatly to one side when not needed, but are a formidable barrier to home invaders.
Keep intruders out with security screens
Security screens are newcomers to the security barrier market and can be fitted to doors and windows. They haven’t been top of mind when it comes to creating safe areas because they’ve valued more for their see-through properties and sleek design, so have been installed in homes with beautiful views and architecture that need to be preserved. But there is no reason why they can’t be used in passages and on bedroom windows to keep you safe when you retreat there at the end of the day. Just ensure that you choose a product that has been specifically engineered with security in mind – fly screens won’t do the job of keeping home invaders out of your safe area.
Trellidor Clear Guard security screens have been engineered to provide a barrier as well as allow you to see through to the other side.
Points to remember when creating a safe haven
• Every window in your designated safe area should be secured with a barrier, and at least one should be able to open for a quick escape in an emergency.
• Doorway access points should all be blocked off to criminals, e.g. passages, stairways, external doors.
• Keep a charged cell phone with you whenever you retreat to your safe area so that you can call for help in an emergency.