Cylinder Snapping

What is Lock Snapping?

Lock snapping is a technique used by burglars, to gain entry to your home. They do this by using makeshift tools to ‘snap’ your lock mechanism, leaving it exposed’. Once the internal mechanism is exposed, the burglar can tamper with it to open the door. No skill or experience is needed to employ the lock snapping technique, all a burglar needs to be able to exert the right amount of force on your lock. Euro Profile locks (aka Euro Cylinders) are found in the majority of uPVC doors and are the main target of this type of forced entry.

What’s concerning is that a burglar in be into your home in 13 seconds using the lock snapping technique. It’s a simple tactic, just apply the right amount of pressure onto a euro cylinder lock and the lock snaps and the mechanism is exposed.

How Common is Lock Snapping?

Unfortunately, due to the lack of skill required to do it, the fact that it is a relatively quiet method and it doesn’t take long, lock snapping is one of the most common ways for a burglar to gain entry to your home. Burglars will use methods that draw the least amount of attention to themselves, and in that respect, lock snapping is perfect.

Can I Stop Cylinder Snapping?

There are some ways you can protect your home from lock snapping, the best way though is to install anti snap locks. Anti-snap locks have a higher security rating than standard euro locks and are more resistant to lock snapping. It might surprise you that anti snap locks can still be snapped, however, they are made to snap in a certain place. This means that the mechanism won’t be exposed and therefore cannot be tampered with. It is almost impossible to create an affordable lock that wont snap, this is why the anti-snap cylinder is made to snap at just the tip.

Anti-snap Euro Cylinders

Once you decide to install anti snap locks, you need to look at the type of anti-snap lock you want. There are currently 2 nationally recognised standards that exist for cylinders TS 007(1 Star or 3 Star) or the Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312). You can also get door handles that are tested to TS 007 Standards and if successful can receive a 2-star rating.

What we recommend

We at Keytek® recommend an ABS High Security Euro Cylinder, which 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.

We also recommend at the very least installing a star solution which is the minimum you should aim towards should you look into upgrading your cylinders. There are 2 different ways you can achieve a 3 star security solution; one way is to install a 1 star TS 007 lock in combination with a 2 star handle which will give you the 3 stars collectively or you can install a 3 star TS 007 lock. If you have a higher budget you could also consider installing a 3 star TS 007 lock with a 2 Star handle to give you a 5 star security solution.

 

How to Tell if you Have a Euro Cylinder fitted?

Euro Cylinders are found in almost every uPVC door out there, so if your door is uPVC then it’s more than likely your lock will be a euro cylinder. If you are still unsure, then there are other ways to check. Usually on a euro lock the barrel of the lock will come away from the door and you will have to turn the handle up to lock it. If you have a wooden door then you are less likely to have a euro lock, but its not impossible.

How do you Know the Cylinder is Snapped?

If a burglar has used the lock snapping technique on your front door, then there will be obvious damage to it. The lock and cylinder will have seen removed or damaged in an attempt to remove them and the plastic covering of the handle will have been forcibly removed. Basically, there is no missing it.

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Can you Replace your own Cylinder Lock?

Keytek® don’t recommend that you try to replace your locks yourself if you are not a trained locksmith. One reason would be that if you were to have a break in and your locks were found to not be insurance complaint, then you may not be able to make a claim. Another reason is that if you are not trained as a locksmith then there is no way to tell if your locks are actually installed correctly and are secure. This could leave you vulnerable to break ins. Its always best to engage the services of a trained and experienced locksmith to make sure your home is as safe as possible.

What are the Best Cylinder Lock Replacements to get?

Keytek® would recommend an ABS High Security Euro Cylinder. 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.

 

Anti-snap locks your questions answered

 

Can burglars break anti-snap locks?

The short answer is yes, a burglar can break an anti-snap lock. However, they are designed to snap in a certain place, to stop the internal mechanism from being exposed. If an anti-snap lock is snapped, then it will need replacing, regardless of if the burglar was successful at getting into your home.

How do I Know if I Have Anti-snap Locks?

You can check if you have anti-snap locks by looking for either the 3 star Kitemark engraved somewhere on the lock, or finding the Sold Secure Diamond Accredited Diamond symbol engraved on the lock. If you cannot find these, or are still unsure about the type of lock you have then you can always ask a local locksmith to come and assess your locks.

To find your local Locksmith, search our Find a Locksmith Page.

 

How do Anti-Snap locks work?

Anti-snap locks are made to have a thin break line in between the two halves of the cylinder (lock). This means if pressure is applied it will break along this line and not leave the lock vulnerable.in simple terms, it breaks where the internal mechanism will not be left exposed, therefor your door stays secure.

Are Iseo locks Anti-Snap?

Not all Iseo locks are anti-snap but they do supply a variation of the euro cylinder which has TS 007 1 star rating, meaning that specific lock is anti-snap.

Are Iseo locks Anti-Snap?

Not all Iseo locks are anti-snap but they do supply a variation of the euro cylinder which has TS 007 1 star rating, meaning that specific lock is anti-snap.

 

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