Australian Standards for the Security Industry
Standards Often Mis-quoted
This is no small document and from reading what a lot of websites in the security industry are saying often is mis-leading and in some cases a total fabrication. Although I got into the industry in the nineties I have taken the time to go back and study earlier copies of the standards.
Although in 1982 it started out a very simple and small document as a group of industry leaders of the time got together with the WA police to bring some order and level of trust ot the industry. To my knowledge Mr Albert Walmsley is the only member of this original group still actively involved in the industry. But, of this original group I am proud to have been able to learn from and get to know two the other Mr Brian Bond who has since retired and got out of the industry. Both of these men have been very helpful in filling me in on the developement of the security door indusrty in Western Australian. Including it becoming an official Australian standard in 1986.
As the doors changed and Perth came of age with a Drug problem and the crooks became more desperate the standards changed by the mid nineties when I cam into the industry with the developement of the stainless steel mesh security door. It was easy to see that the current test for type 1 Aluminium Grille doors and screens and type 2 Steel Bar doors screens (also known as burglar bars) Did not accommodate the doors like "Crimsafe" So, between 1994 and 2003 the standards under went mutiple changes relating to the now Type 3 doors and screens. For a whlie it seemed every time we turned around they had changed the standards. As frustrating as this was at the time, it was the Australian Standards Board trying to keep up with both the Criminal and making sure the industry produced to a level that would work when put to the test.
Bring the rest of Australia up to speed
Up until 2003 the security door industry in Australia was mostly unregulated except for Western Australia. There was a big push through the Australian Standards board and verious Police forces and a push that also came from Crimsafe in Queensland who had been dealing with manufactures in Western Australia namely Westral Home Improvements
Before 2003 Update the Australian Standard for security doors had become messy with four seperate standards and test procedures to get a door or screen through. The new Australian Standards for the security doors although long and in-depth and it has been seperated into three documents.
These three documents split for the stages of getting the door through Australian Standards Although 5039/5040 and 5041 relate to the security doors.
1. AS5040-2003 including 2007 Admendment This covers the installations of security doors and screens. This I have had a lot of resistence to as I believe that every installer should be tested on this.
2. AS541-2003 including 2007 Admendment This covers the test methods and procedures.
3.AS5039-2008 This is the test and brings it altogether.
What I have never seen mentioned outside the Australian Standards and the engineerers at Curtin University that do the Western Australian testing is these Australian standards mention that the doors and locks must comply also to AS 4145.2 this is in layman terms to make sure the key cylinders are hard to pick, will withstand a hammer blow (known as lock bumping to jump the pins and allow the cylinder to turn) and also a shear force so if something is forced into the lock and twisted the lock is not broken easily.There are other parts referring to a further twenty three different Standards including corrosion so, your door doesn't fall apart in a big corroded mess.
Little Known Facts
Were you aware that most break-ins happen due to the people living in the home leave a sign out.
This could be that new car in the driveway, blinds left open at night and lights on to a garden that it looks like no one has done anything to it it for the last six months or so, even an over flowing letterbox.
Even going to bed and leaving the front door open for a breeze, not realising that the door you have only looks like a security door and is only good enough to keep flys, pets and small children out.
Security is one of those fine line situations enough to deter with out shouting out you have something to hide. A good combination is quality doors and screens to the openings Security film or glass to the fixed side and backed up with an Alarm.
Results with one or more at every break-in
Averaging reasons for break-ins
Not Just Security
Blinds and Awnings Too!
Although I have dedicated my life to being the best at home security. There are benifits to using blinds, awnings and roller shutters in your home protection
even though they are not security products!
Even though many companies will try and tell you they are security. Roller Shutters offer no resistance to a thief, they will however work well against vandalism, storms, noise and keeping heat in in winter and out in summer and for the shiftwork they keep the light out too.
Like roller shutters they offer privacy on windows and heat reduction the look they give your home is softer and a lot less of a commercial or industrial look. Unlike roller shutters they will need to go up in storms meaning no protection to the glass for small flying objects.
Like Awnings this does cover a lot from Roller blinds and Vertcals through to Timber Shutters with many different variation inbetween. The big advantage is with most you can control your visibility out and any protential window shoppers looking in to see what you have to offer.
Need Home Security That Measures Up
Are You looking for the no B.S. facts about home security?
You've seen the doors on the news ripped apart like they were made out of match sticks. Or maybe you saw it on The Force where while on a raid they just tear through the door.
Security Doors made properly do not come apart that easily Nor should they...
Had enough of security products
that don't measure up!
The one thing that annoys me about the home security industry.... It is the number of companies that seem to deliberately sell sub-standard doors and screens. That seem to have either not read or ignored what has been written in the Australian Standards, they make outrageous claims that they meet or exceed the standards. When one look at the product and you can see many signs that they haven't even bothered to look at the Australian Standards or the security industry's code of conduct. What they rely on is you not knowing any different. Is seems too hard to fix the industry and the commercial agents squad unfortunately isn't given the powers necessary to correctly police the industry.
Not Sure How Your Home Security Measures Up!
The installation of the screen or door is wrong.
Have you ever stopped for a moment in your job...
Do you need to test before you finish a job, Does an electrician have to test the circuit before flicking the switch hand in a ticket to Western Power and sign off on a job before you get to use it. A plumber check for leaks and pressure test the system before leaving it in your hands. The mechanic that just did your brakes must test and check it before he gives you your keys back. For each of these trades and others there are come backs to companies not checking or testing except the security industry.
If a would be criminal just lifts a roller shutter up and rips the curtain out in a matter of seconds when the "Company" selling it told you it was security! No fines imposed no reprimand or charge of fraud.
Or the alarm company fitted a couple of sensors told you were protected than a crook gets in and out without triggering the alarm. I have heard from rep's and company owners "That's what house insurance is for". Can we know what a thief will do when break-in to your home? No but, if we look at statistics we can have a good idea what carrots left out will encourage most, we do know what security measures when taken will discourage most And yes different suburbs and surroundings will change what is needed. Still with all this information out there I keep coming across security companies turning people's homes into targets. Mentioning on their websites and advertising that they care and they're the best when it doesn't take a trained eye long to see they are full of B.S.
Oh yes there is testing in place
But, no come back if you sell products you haven't tested and in the security door industry even though testing of doors and screens you manufacture are supposed to be tested every five years
Yet there seems to be the theory that if we make the door just like Joe Blow down the road I'm sure he would have tested them and that will save us the cost The unfortunate thing about this is Joe Blow down the road has probably done the same thing.
First thing you need to do is ask to see the test results it is your right, make sure it accurately describes the door your buying. Now like everything there is a floor there is no requirement for everyone making the doors in the factory to make a door to be tested. Yet, 15 years ago when I worked for another company I as the number one sale consultant was the one to make and test the doors because of my background and my knowledge in engineering that it was to give the door the best chance to pass. Not bad real test one door every five years hire a group of idiots to put the doors together and no come back when the door fails because it was poorly made.
If the company holds a Australian Standards Endorsement on the doors they sell than each person making the doors is tested every eighty doors they make. Installers are tested by installing the doors to be tested. Records are kept and regular auditing by Australian Standards is done.
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