The PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 24 test standard was introduced by the British Standard Institute (BSI) in collaboration with industry stakeholders and Secured By Design (SBD), an official UK police initiative. It was created in an effort to implement an industry-standard, minimum level of enhanced security for domestic doorsets and windows in the UK.
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The primary aim of SBD is to reduce burglary and crime in the UK utilising physical security products and processes. The introduction of minimum security standards, such as PAS 24, have contributed to a notable reduction in the incidence of burglary and criminal damage. The BCS (British Crime Survey) 2009/10 reported that the level of home security was the key risk factor in the occurrence of burglary, with households implementing at least a basic level of security six times less likely to be victims of property crime (0.9%) than those homes with less than basic measures (5.8%).
PAS 24:2016 is the latest revision of the standard, and incorporates additional doorset and window types (to include non-domestic ranges) as well as changes to some test methods and criteria. Certification to PAS 24 requires that the doorset or window passes a series of attack tests of up to 3 minutes each, designed to evaluate the locks, frame and overall durability of the product. It tests attempts at forced entry such as kicking, shoulder barging, lock picking and levering. Certification also requires that products must meet minimum performance criteria as specified in the BS 6375 standards, including weathertightness, wind resistance and operational strength.
Testing of doorsets and windows to the PAS 24 standard is carried out at a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited test house. Products which pass are then examined by an independent UKAS accredited certification body, who issue certification and also manage periodic re-testing to ensure products continue to perform to the required standards.