5 top security tips before you travel: A guide for peace of mind

Posted on 15.12.2023

It’s easy to forget about the security of your home or often, take it for granted. But with crime rates increasing by a third in December versus the rest of the year, making sure your home is secure should be the first thing you think about when looking to purchase bifold doors or sliding doors.

In this blog, we break down our top tips for choosing secure doors for your property.

  1. Choose a secure system

When it comes to securing your home, your choice of door plays a pivotal role. We offer a range of bifold doors and sliding doors that are accredited to PAS 24 standards. This certification ensures the doors have undergone rigorous testing, meeting exceptionally high standards for home security. Our systems are designed to provide top levels of security, alongside energy efficiency and stunning aesthetics.

  1. Enhanced shoot bolt locking mechanisms

Our bifold doors and sliding doors are equipped with advanced shootbolt locking mechanisms. These innovative systems significantly reinforce the security of your home by providing two points of engagement with the frame, as the connecting rods shoot the bolts into the top and bottom tracks, which efficiently secures the doors. The precision engineering of these locking mechanisms ensures security and ease of use, allowing homeowners to secure their homes, without impeding entry.

  1. Simple steps for added security

There are a host of simple additions to help secure your doors before leaving, investing in motion sensor lighting, and setting up timers for lights can give the impression that someone’s home, deterring intruders from attempting entry. These small yet effective measures contribute to the overall security of your property.

  1. Neighbourhood Watch and communication

Engaging with your neighbours can be a huge help in enhancing home security. Inform trusted neighbours about your travel plans and consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch program. Having a watchful community can be a great way to assure you that your home will be safe while you’re away and the shared responsibility adds an extra layer of protection to your home.

  1. Security with a smart home

Incorporating smart home security systems can offer homeowners real-time monitoring and control. Connect your doors with smart locks and surveillance systems to keep tabs on your home remotely. Receive alerts and updates wherever you are, giving you the ability to respond promptly to any potential security concerns, no matter how far away you are from home.


Securing your home when you travel is massively important, and we offer our customers solutions that use a combination of advanced security features and practical, everyday measures.

By complementing these features with a few extra considerations, homeowners can travel with complete peace of mind, knowing that their homes are well-protected. Invest in the security of your home, implement these tips, and enjoy your travels without the stress of worrying about our home’s security.

Whether you’re starting a new build project or renovating your space, Bowalker Doors offers bifold and sliding patio doors that not only meet but exceed the demands of today’s homeowners. If you’re interested in hearing more about the security of our doors, get in touch today.

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