Lock Snapping – The Facts
Put simply, this lightening fast, silent attack is a method whereby burglars are snapping the cylinders present on most UPVC doors, in two and removing the outside part. By doing this they provide access to the mechanism and allow the door to be unlocked. Euro cylinders have an inherent weakness which unfortunately allows this to happen.
It’s estimated that over 22 million homes across the UK could be at risk from a method of attack, where the lock cylinder can be broken in only five seconds. It is only recently that it has become highlighted in the media and only now that the security industry has tried to combat the problem.
Secured by Design (Association of Chief Police Officer’s crime prevention initiative), has worked with the DHF and the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) on a new standard for lock cylinders and security hardware such as handles.
A new generation of cylinders have been developed to meet this standard, but existing Kitemarked cylinders can be reinforced with handles or lock surrounds to give the required level of protection.
To ensure your cylinder effectively protects your home, you need the following to be fitted to your door:
A TS007 Kitemarked 3-Star cylinder
A TS007 1-star Kitemarked cylinder combined with a TS007 2-star armoured handle or lock surround.
Make sure you check with your Home Insurance provider to check what they require you to have fitted on your doors to provide adequate protection. Many are now quoting the new TS007 3* Rating.
Are your doors vulnerable, do you comply to home insurance requirements?