Access all areas? Not necessarily... 07 June 2021

Security screws are a niche type of screw designed to make access intentionally difficult. Owlett-Jaton offers a range of security fasteners in stainless steel, which are ideal for a multitude of internal, as well as external, applications – used primarily to deter opportunist thieves or vandals.

Typical areas of application tend to be in areas accessible by the public, such as transport. Understandably, prisons have a large demand for security screws. They are used in surveillance cameras and equipment, alarm systems, as well as in fencing. They are also used in consumer goods to protect the consumer from potential injury.

There is a vast range of screws available in the market, including woodscrews, self-tapping screws, machine screws, as well as self-drilling screws, to name some of the most recognised. Options on screw type, as well as head style, drive, size – diameter and length, thread type, material, and finish, multiply what is available. Almost all of these have a conventional drive, including slotted, cross recessed, Phillips, hexagon and TORX®. Such drive systems make these screws easily accessible, whereby anyone with the correct tool – a screwdriver for example – can undo/tighten them. For most instances, that is the very reason that these drives are used.

Security screws require specialist tooling, which is much rarer than the conventional types, therefore making them more tamper-proof. Along with the range of stainless steel security screws, Owlett-Jaton also offers the corresponding specialist tooling. There are numerous security screw designs, including pin hex and tamper TORX®, available in machine and self-tapping screw designs, with button and countersunk head styles, as well as anti-vandal screws, also known as clutch head – all of which are available from Owlett-Jaton.

As specialist tooling is needed, the likelihood of the opportunist thief or vandal having the exact correct tool ‘there and then’ is dramatically reduced; the same can be said for most consumers.

Installations that are impacted by theft or vandalism can incur significant downtime, as well as potentially expensive repair and/or replacement costs. Plus, consumers risking dismantling consumer goods could potentially lead to serious injury. Security screws are not only extremely effective, but a low cost means protecting against such situations.


Deputy Editor

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889


Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

Claire prides herself on keeping readers well informed and up to date with the latest industry news.