Thumbturn locks - security advice needed please - door has 2 upper mesh glass panels
Need Thumbturn lock in door, solid lower half with two wire-mesh glass panels in the upper half.
This is the original Victorian door (in a Conservation area) and I really don't want to change it.
There must be a solution, this isn't the only door in the country with upper glass panels in a house which needs an HMO licence.
HMO dept says to get a shroud for the lock, but these don't seem to be commercially available - have rung a lot of security specialists and none have heard of them.
HMO Dept then said to get the locksmith to fashion something out of a cylinder of metal to prevent someone who breaks the glass being able to turn the lock - they asked for the locksmith to ring them, which he did. The locksmith came and said that what they were suggesting would not be suitable for my wooden door. He also said that landlords normally just fit the thumbturn lock and don't worry about the security aspect ...... This area is heavily burgled - the street adjoining us is the most burgled street in England we have been told. A student at the rear of us was murdered in September by someone the Police think was an intruder. The locksmith said all he could suggest was wire mesh on the inside of my door which we wouldn't want (this is our home, we just have student lodgers) - and it could be forced off or cut anyway, I would have thought. Or of course change the door.
I have asked if I can have a "snatch the plastic" keybox as would be allowed in a school, which could be beside the fire alarm LCD panel in the area of the front door, activated by the fire alarm if they want so the key isn't accessible except when the fire alarm goes and so can't be removed normally, but was told not. In practical terms,
we have a key under the internal doormat which has been there for 12 years with no problems - there is no yale key on it so it can't be used to gain access from outside and so no-one ever takes it when they have lost their key.
Would be grateful for any help or suggestions.
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