Thieves and burglars have high season in the dark season: Stiftung Warentest shows which systems make it really difficult for crooks - and which products are useless against a break-in.
: How to protect yourself effectively against
A total of 19
Some lasted less than 3 minutes
Kassel - According to the 2019 crime statistics, German apartments and houses were broken into over 87,000 times last year.
The number has decreased slightly in recent years, but homeowners still have to fear for their property.
The season for burglars is particularly high in autumn and winter.
Just in time for the beginning of autumn on September 22nd,
19 retrofit fuses to a thorough
Because the police also emphasize the great effect of additional security measures.
According to the crime statistics, the number of failed break-in attempts rose from just over 35 percent in 2009 to over 45 percent.
The experts see the reason in increasingly secure houses.
Many burglars abandon their goal if doors and windows cannot be cracked quickly and easily.
Burglar security put to the test: Stiftung Warentest has tested 19 products
The experts from
examined 19 so-called retrofit fuses for apartment doors, windows, patio and balcony doors.
The prices of the products range from 37 to 535 euros.
from Abus, Burg-Wächter and Ikon.
When it comes to window locks, the experts at Stiftung Warentest differentiate between locks for the handle side and the hinge side and locks that are suitable for both sides.
Bar locks for French doors were also
It turns out that the majority of window locks can convince in the test.
With retrofit fuses for doors, however, the situation was very different.
Out of 6 products tested, only one brand achieved a "very good" rating.
Burglary protection at Stiftung Warentest: test results for window security on the handle side
tested four different variants.
A distinction is made here according to the attachment side.
A distinction is made between the handle side and the hinge side.
In addition, there were also combination
and "rod locks for French doors"
in the test.
Most of the products were tested in the "handle side" category.
Of the five models in this category, four were rated “very good”.
Only one model was rated “poor”.
Here you can find a list of window locks to be attached to the handle side:
Burg-Wächter: Winsafe WS 33 BR SB window security
VERY GOOD (0.9)
Abus: Window lock FTS96
VERY GOOD (1.1)
Burg-Wächter: Winsafe WS 22 BR SB window security with double bolt
VERY GOOD (1.1)
Ikon: Window and balcony door security Kralltec 9M04
VERY GOOD (1.1)
Abus: DFS95 double-leaf window lock
According to Stiftung Warentest, burglars let go of a lock after 3 to 5 minutes.
A good lock should withstand a break-in attempt for significantly longer than 5 minutes.
The clear loser in this category is therefore also the "DFS95 double-wing window lock" from
When trying to gain access with tools, the lock did not even last three minutes.
With an average retail price of 93.00 euros, this model is actually the most expensive in the category.
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Burglary protection at Stiftung Warentest: test results for window security on the hinge side
A similar picture emerges for the models that are to be attached to the hinge side.
Of the three products in the
two scored very good.
only scored "poor". Here are the models on the hinge side:
Abus: FAS101 hinge side protection for windows
VERY GOOD (1.1)
Abus: FAS97 hinge side protection for windows
VERY GOOD (1,2)
Burg-Wächter: Winsafe WS 44 hinge side protection
The "Winsafe WS 44 hinge side protection model" from Burg-Wächter withstood a break-in with tools for less than three minutes.
Unlike the previous category, this is the cheapest model in the category.
According to Stiftung Warentest, the model costs an average of 40 euros.
Burglary protection at Stiftung Warentest: There were no losers with the combination variant
Of the combination variant, only 2
Both got a very good rating.
The result was different with the variant "Bar locks for French doors".
Only one of the models received a poor rating here.
Here is the list of French door locks:
Abus window rod lock with alarm FOS650A
VERY GOOD (1.0)
Deni SGV rod lock basic set4
Ikon window rod lock 9M074
The bottom of the category, from Ikon, was lifted in under three minutes.
Therefore, it received a poor rating.
Burglary protection from Stiftung Warentest: pure door locks with only two categories
well door locking devices have been studied.
Only two different systems were tested with this form of burglary protection.
A total of 4 models were tested for the crossbar system.
Only two of these managed to get a one before the decimal point.
The list of the tested
with a rating:
Abus armored bolt PR 2800
VERY GOOD (1.0)
Basi PR 900 ZA armored bolt lock
Econ beam ledger with KZS, SBR F1 850mm
Swiss Sector crossbar QL100 +
The “Swiss Sector Cross Bar QL100 +” model was rated as unsatisfactory because it could not withstand the static load in the test.
In the case of the “Econ bar bolt with KZS, SBR F1 850mm”, the cover of the locking cylinder did not withstand the pressure test, which led to the evaluation “sufficient”.
Burglary protection from Stiftung Warentest: Only two models in the rod lock category
In addition to the cross bolt system, door locks with rod lock technology were also tested.
So much for the respective rating:
Swiss Sector rod lock SL 100+
Abus door bar lock TSS550
In the case of the "TSS550 door rod lock" from Abus, the cover of the locking cylinder did not withstand the pressure test by Stiftung Warentest.
Therefore, this model only received the rating sufficient.
Protection against burglary: Free advice from the criminal police
Finally, Stiftung Warentest gives some tips on how to protect yourself against burglars.
One of them is the criminal investigation offer.
This offers purchase advice online.
rely on the knowledge of experts
Household contents insurance is also recommended.
It is important to ensure that this does not make any cuts in the compensation payment, according to the experts from Stiftung Warentest.
Protection against burglary: burglary protection in the test
But burglars don't just come through the front door and window.
In the case of single-family houses, most of them have a balcony or terrace.
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