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UPVC Door Locks

Many people ask the question, have I got an anti snap lock?  The area has been receiving a lot of publicity over recent months, here is a quick guide with video to show how you check if replacements are needed, how to fit them without  a locksmith and where to find the cheapest and best.

Do I Have Anti Snap Locks

This video showing how to fit anti snap locks also shows what they look like, right at the start of the video you can see the distinctive section that breaks away to protect your home.  It is easy to remove your current locks to see if you have this section.  If you have not replaced mechanisms since 2008 you probably will have a vulnerable system.

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Where to Buy an Anti Snap Lock

Many websites sell systems, however not all are equal. Please ensure, like these systems they meet certain criteria

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1.The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"

2.It should be SS312 approved

3.It must come in the correct size for your door

Choosing the correct size is easy, as shown in the video above and they can easily be fitted to any door without the need for a locksmith.

Do I need an Anti Snap Lock

If you need to fit new locks, for example if you have just moved home, or have lost a key or broke up with a partner then a cheap replacement door lock may look appealing. The contents of your home are probably worth many thousands of pounds, consider upgrading your locks at this point in case snapping becomes an issue in your area.

If you live in one of the many police areas affected by this burglary problem and need to change your door locks then from a crime prevention perspective it would be prudent to fit a Anti Snap Euro Lock.

Those of us lucky enough to live in areas not yet affected may have more cause not to upgrade our locks.


Many people may still prefer to buy cheap cylinder locks for doors, however it is easy to check if you are vulnerable to this burglary method and as the video shows you don't need a locksmith to prevent crime from taking place.  Take 5 minutes to check your locks and then if needed purchase Yale anti snap locks which are available for about £25.  This threat is new and many people have not heard about it, please inform others of this crime issue. 

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Some Crime Prevention guides are quite long and highlight a number of different crime prevention techniques that can be used to prevent a particular crime type.

This lock-snapping crime prevention guide is not one of them, it is the shortest we have produced.

There is a two stage process to preventing being a victim of Lock-snapping:

1.  Be aware of the dangers of Lock-snapping.  After reading this site you are aware - a great start!

2.  The next thing you need to do is purchase and fit correctly anti-snap locks. 

We advise choose Secured by Design approved, or diamond rated locks from Sold Secure.  Two locks are currently diamond rated, the Yale Anti-snap cylinder lock is probably the most well known.  Watch the video on how to remove your old lock and see what size Yale anti-snap cylinder lock you need,

Of course you can also improve your home security in general, but fitting a Yale Anti-Snap Cylinder Lock is the best crime prevention to prevent lock snapping.

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The BBC is reporting on 'lock snapping' - if you haven't heard of lock snapping or cylinder snapping as it is sometimes called have a look on YoutTube, it is quite shocking how easy it is to enter a 'locked' home.  You may also wish to read our infographic on locksnapping, click on the image at the base of this page to view it in full size.

Where to Buy an Anti Snap Lock

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Lock snapping accounts for up to a quarter of all burglaries in some areas. 

There has been a rise in Lock snapping since 2009, one force – West Yorkshire stated a quarter of all burglaries committed used the lock snapping technique.  Lock snapping has also been recorded in other force areas.

Lock snapping is simple to do, force is applied to cylinder door locks and it snaps in two.  Vulnerable locks are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC or double glazed doors.  If you haven't fitted a new lock in the last two or three years you may be at risk from being a victim of lock snapping.


Ch Supt Money, from West Yorkshire police said "These locks are vulnerable to this type of attack but it can take between 50 seconds and two minutes to force the lock."

How can I protect against being a victim of lock snapping?

These anti-snap locks cost about £30 and are very easy to fit – watch the video here.  Help protect your home against the new trend of lock snapping.

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