January 26, 2015 | Becki Hooper | Blog

Cylinder Snapping

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Did you know that there are approximately 22 million doors across the UK that could be at risk to lock snapping?

So what is lock snapping?

Cylinder SnappingLock snapping involves snapping the lock cylinder in two, by applying force, and removing the outside part to expose the lock mechanism. Doing so provides access to the mechanism, allowing the door to be unlocked.” (Yale)

In order to snap a lock an intruder will often use makeshift tools that can be easily found around the house. Worryingly this technique doesn’t require experience or skill, just brute force.

Euro profile locks (better known as Euro Cylinders) are found in the majority of uPVC doors and are the most likely targets for this type of forced entry.

What can I do to prevent being a victim of lock snapping?

In order to combat lock snapping simply call a local locksmith to upgrade your cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent this method of attack, ideally a cylinder that meets the TS007 3 star standard. If possible when having your lock upgraded have your new cylinder fitted in conjunction with a high security mechanism and handle set.

Keeping you secure with ABS High Security Euro Cylinders…

All of our local locksmiths are able to supply and fit an ABS High Security Euro Cylinder, to ensure your uPVC or double glazed doors are not only meeting your home insurance requirements but are also ultimately secured for your peace of mind when it comes to your home security. The ABS High Security Euro Cylinder is the only security cylinder currently on the market which has a TS007 3 star rating, SS312 Sold Secure Diamond Accredited and Secured by Design Accreditation combined.

Speak to one of the Keytek® Team today on 0800 035 0451 to find out more about having your cylinder upgraded to the 3 star versions.