Is Your Door Snap Safe?

Could a snap resistant Euro cylinder spare your home from burglary?

According to the Office for National Statistics, in a staggering 74% of UK home invasions in 2015, entry was gained through the front, back or side door.

Unfortunately, many UPVC doors (including multipoint locks) are secured with a standard euro lock which is susceptible lock snapping - a simple process that could allow access to your home in as little as 13 seconds.

So what is lock snapping and how can you protect your home against this method of forced entry?

 

What is lock snapping?

Causing a lock to snap is easy – simply apply enough force to the cylinder and it will snap at the weak point, making it possible to remove the front section of the lock. This gives the potential intruder access to throw the cam and open the door without further hassle. How can I prevent this from happening to me?

Your lock is only as secure as its weakest point - so all those shoot bolts, hooks, rollers and mushrooms are redundant if your multipoint lock is operated by a standard Euro cylinder. Replace your standard Euro cylinder with an anti-snap Euro cylinder to ensure your home is secure.

 

How does an anti-snap cylinder work?

Designed with pre-determined snap points (also known as cuts), an anti-snap or break secure cylinder as they are sometimes called, will sacrifice a small amount of the cylinder when forced is applied, leaving the cam protected and the locking mechanism secure.

 

What standards should I look for in an anti-snap cylinder?

To ensure your new cylinder can truly cope under force you must make sure you choose a cylinder that meets the following standards:

• SS312 Sold Secure Diamond rating

• TS007:2012 British Kitemark - 3 star rating

 

My Security Store stocks a wide range of British Standard 3* locks to help protect you and your loved ones.

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