LOCK SNAPPING, is it Fact or Hype?
We are aware that lock cylinder snapping has become an issue within the areas we cover over the last couple of months when it never used to be a real issue locally so we have reviewed this blog for anyone that may be concerned.
Please be assured that we never seek to scaremonger for the sake of making sales, this blog is intended to just present the facts to enable you to make better informed decisions.
There has been lots of media attention about lock snapping over recent months, is it fact or mere hype? I have decided to try and set out the facts and give some advice to those who may be vulnerable.
This in the main applies to euro profile cylinders as shown. These are usually found on UPVC and composite doors although can be used in mortice locks on timber doors.
SO WHAT IS THE ISSUE AND HOW VULNERABLE ARE YOU?
The original design of these cylinders means that most of them have an inherent weakness enabling the possibility of them being quickly snapped and pulled out of your door. This enables enables a burglar to open the door in very short time. In my experience, the vast majority of doors locally are fitted with the most basic types of cylinder which can be vulnerable.
In order to snap a cylinder, a potential burglar has to be able to grip the cylinder end with an implement or tool, so if your cylinder is protruding beyond a few millimeters, it could be vulnerable, the best fitted cylinder will always be flush (or within a couple of mm) with the external handle face plate.
If your cylinder is flush or as near as damn it to the face plate that is a good start and makes life a little more difficult for the potential burglar, however you are not out of the woods because many handle sets can be easily broken of the door, exposing your cylinder and making it easy to snap.
We stock, a range of anti-snap cylinders. If anyone attempts to snap these cylinders they will snap at a sacrificial point making unauthorised entry extremely difficult for anyone other than a trained locksmith.
When you return to the property with a key however, you will be still be able to open the door easily with your key.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR DOOR MORE SECURE
As I have highlighted there are two potential areas of weakness, the cylinder itself and the handle set. I would always advise that to get the best advice you ought to consult your local locksmith as this is a developing area with many new products coming onto the market.
A good locksmith can also offer other services that you cannot achieve elsewhere for example if you are going to upgrade your lock cylinders anyway wouldn’t it be good to have just 1 key to fit all of your locks rather than a big bunch? If you are a landlord, bed and breakfast or other establishment that temporarily give out keys, you could have patented restricted profile cylinders and padlocks that prevent the person to whom you have issued a key from getting a copy cut meaning you have much better security control.