Celebrating turning 175

It’s 1843: the first type writer is patented, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens is published, and Mount Etna erupts in Italy. It’s also the year when Yale was established in a small shop in New York, USA.

Yale has a range of activities taking place, including social media competitions and product offers, as part of its celebrations for reaching 175 years old.

Paul Atkinson, sales and commercial director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, said: “Reaching 175 years is a milestone worthy of celebration for Yale. As one of the oldest brands in the home security market, its longevity highlights the trust and confidence customers have in the brand.

“What’s more, it also reinforces how we as a company are continually innovating to stay ahead in the marketplace and meet consumer demands.”

First founded by the Yale family in the 19th century, Linus Yale Jr would patent the first pin tumbler locking mechanism in 1843 which created the Yale we know today.

During the following century, Yale would become a globally known brand, designing and manufacturing security solutions for commercial and residential buildings. 175 years on since Yale began, over 125 countries now stock Yale products and the company has branched out from traditional door locks, to a portfolio that now includes window hardware, padlocks and safes.

Security remains key selling point for companies selling fenestration products.

The Office for National Statistics has released figures that show a dramatic spike in the number of police recorded domestic burglary incidents.

Headline figures revealed that over 250,000 domestic burglaries occurred in both England and Wales throughout the previous 12-month period, a noticeable percentage increase of 8%, from figures released at the same time last year.

The report also revealed considerable police cuts within the UK, with statistics showing that numbers have declined by 930 in the past year, with the Home Office suggesting this is the lowest figure since comparable records began over 20 years ago.

“With a rising crime rate and decreasing police numbers, it’s vital that homeowners take their home security seriously, and take the necessary precautions by investing in the high-quality security solutions,” Paul said.

“The modern day burglar is switched on and will recognise a home with inadequate security, so it’s important that homeowners recognise this and make sure they are not an opportunistic burglars next target.”

With this in mind, Yale is developing its next generation of smart security solutions, including the Conexis L1, which allows the homeowners to configure, control and unlock your door all from a smartphone.

Homeowners can create and send mobile keys to family and friends, and keep track of who comes and goes by using a smartphone.

In addition to a tamper alarm, the smart door lock meets PAS24 security standard. Easy to install, the lock is compatible with most multipoint locks on the market and only requires a single screwdriver and tape measure to fit.

When linked with a Yale wireless module, users can connect the Conexis L1 to other Yale smart products, including the Yale Smart Home Alarm or Smart CCTV range, which can then be controlled with the free Yale app. Alternatively, the lock will also connect to leading smart home systems when the appropriate module is fitted.