Burglars have discovered what the locksmith and hardware industry have known for years. It doesn't matter how many hook or dead bolts you have on your door, the weak point is the cylinder lock and with this becoming an ever more popular method for burglars to gain entry to your property it is essential that you know the locks on your doors are safe and secure. By far the best prevention in burglaries where lock snapping is present is to make sure your locks feature a “snap secure” technology.
What is lock snapping?
Due to inherent weak points in the door cylinder lock, having little material to give robust strength and the screw fixing enhancing this weakness, using simple tools, a burglar can "snap" the cylinder and gain access to the door mechanism and open the door quickly and quietly.
Various Police Forces are warning residents that lock snapping / cylinder snapping is a method of attack which requires no specialist tools or knowledge. Euro Cylinder Burglary Developments from the West Yorkshire Force (who have established that 25% of burglaries use this method of entry) provide some information and advice.
Kirklees, and area of Leeds, are reporting even higher rates of burglary from cylinder snapping, we suggest reading their Crime Prevention Advice
North Yorkshire are also highlighting the issue. Whilst it has previously been restricted mainly to the Yorkshire area we are now seeing Police further afield giving warnings as a vast majority of doors in the UK are fitted with these vulnerable locks meaning it could happen to anyone. Regardless of how secure you think your property is.
How can I prevent Lock Snapping?
So it’s clear that lock snapping is a real threat, but the important thing to realise is that there’s a simple solution. It’s not something to be afraid of, simply something to be aware of and take action to prevent.
Sold Secure, the security product test house owned by the Master Locksmiths Association started work over 2 years ago on a test standard to cover this particular MO. SS312 Diamond, which started towards the end of 2010 and is constantly being updated and tweaked to ensure it’s consistently up to date with latest technique. It is the highest level of approval for lock cylinders, and includes a test for resistance to snapping.
Subsequent to the launch of SS312 Diamond other standards have been launched to address the issue but the Sold Secure standard is seen by most as the leader and therefore the approval to have.
By fitting a Sold Secure Diamond approved cylinder, your local professional, MLA licensed locksmith will help you minimise the likelihood of being burgled using this method.
So the answer to the snapping issue is simple; get your local MLA locksmith to fit a Sold Secure Diamond approved cylinder and you can rest assured that your locks will put up the best fight. If you want to go that extra mile then why not get your MLA locksmith to fit some high security door furniture too such as security handles.
Access Locksmith Solutions are a master locksmith that cover most of the Yorkshire area. We can provide you with a full security health check for your home and talk to you about the best ways to prevent burglaries. Don’t hesitate to call us today if you have any concerns about your property.