An important layer of defence against intruders forcing locks to gain entry
A growing and worrying burglary trend that has been on the rise for the past few years targets cylinder locks commonly fitted to UPVC doors to enable burglars to gain swift entry to a property by literally snapping the lock. These ‘Euro cylinder’ locks can be forced quickly, relatively quietly and easily for those knowing what they’re doing, so the need to fit anti-snap locks is becoming a must for householders.
The lock snapping threat
Millions of homes have ‘Euro profile’ cylinder door locks; these are commonly fitted to UPVC doors with the result that homes featuring garden doors are especially vulnerable to break ins at the rear of the property, so often concealing the burglar from sight.
As its name suggests, lock snapping is where the lock is literally ‘snapped’ so enabling easy access. The area of the door handle assembly surrounding the lock is levered up exposing the cylinder which is then quickly snapped in two.
Some properties where the cylinder lock hasn’t been fitted properly – the cylinder protrudes proud of the lock surround instead of sitting flush with it – makes it easier still for a quick entry.
Fitting anti snap locks will help foil these lock snapping entry attempts as the lock resists being snapped in two so keeping the property secure. They will still snap – they’re actually designed to snap just at the front – but enough of the cylinder will stay attached to the door to protect the lock mechanism.
Your local locks and security expert such as these locksmiths in Braintree, Essex will be able to advise on whether you have anti snap locks on your doors and, if not, supply and fit them for you.
The locks to use
A reputable locksmith will supply anti snap locks to the required standard, but this is what to look for:
Sold secure SS312 Diamond Approved Cylinder – these are the ultimate in anti-snap locks.
Locks with a TS007:2012 3 star kite mark should be used if the above SS312 locks aren’t.
Door furniture such as handles and cylinder guards with a 2 star kite mark and cylinders with a 1 star kite mark are the minimum standard to choose.
Your locksmith can advise you on what’s best for your doors and supply and fit accordingly.
You may see a kite mark on your doors and assume they’re anti-snap but they may not be – or at least haven’t been fully tested for anti-snap effectiveness. Locks with a kite mark older than the TS007:2012 standard listed above won’t have been tested for anti-snapping.
A very real threat
It’s well worth attending to lock vulnerabilities such as the possibility of older, less secure cylinder types being fitted to your doors.
A practiced burglar may only need less than a minute to break in by snapping a lock, and various areas of the UK have seen rises in this type of forced entry to properties including parts of West Yorkshire, Colne in the Burnley district of Lancashire and areas of the West Midlands.