If you have ever been unfortunate enough to have been the victim of burglary were entry was gained through a Upvc door you will no that most of the older style handles are easy for the prey for the opportunistic burglar using only basic tools to literally rip the bottom of the handle away from the door exposing the lock barrel which is then just snapped to gain entry.
One of the best ways to deter the would be burglars from targeting you doors is to fit Pas 24 or secured by design handles these are simply handles or handle sets that have gone through a series of test to determine their effectiveness at standing up to the opportunistic burglary using basic destructive tools. In a nutshell they are thicker the fixing screws are much thicker and the general build quality is just much heavier and can stand up to most forms of attack.
Although not available for ever size of handle out there they are available for the most common sizes and are available in a range of finishes.The white ones in the picture were fitted by me to a local school that had been targeted by vandals by ripping the standard handles off and snapping the lock out to gain entry.
These handles also offer the added bonus of being a good visual deterrent with the secured by design emblem clearly visible to the would be thief.
If you would like any advice regarding the robustness of any of your doors or windows please don't hesitate to give me a call I offer a free home door and window security check. Call Lockline Locksmiths ask for Darran 01904 750005