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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.
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."
. 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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