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Anti-Snap Locks

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What is the Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder?

These Yale Anti-Snap Locks - Bright Nickel  have been developed to be a good anti snap door lock, providing protection against all known cylinder attack methods.  If you have a UPVC door that hasn't had a new lock in the last two years you may need an anti-snap euro cylinder 

How do I know what size Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder lock to order?

Remove the lock currently in your door and measure the lock.  This lock can then be re-inserted until your new Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder has been delivered. 

Locks have an inside and outside measurement, watch the 'how to fit your Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder' video to see exactly how this is done.  Then, after choosing the colour of your lock (brass or nickel) choose the size of lock you need from the drop down list at the top of the page.

You can watch the Yale video (below) and this is shown clearly.

How do I fit a Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder?

The Yale video below demonstrates how to measure and fit the Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder lock.  You can also view, download and print this guide to help with the process.

To measure your lock go 1min 41 seconds into the video.  This also shows you how easy it is to fit the Yale anti-snap Euro Cylinder.

What colours Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder are available?

Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder locks are available in Brass or Nickel finishes.

Read Yale Anti-Snap Locks - Bright Nickel customer reviews from Amazon customers.

How can the Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder protect my home?

The Yale anti-snap Euro Cylinder lock has a number of features to protect your home against a burglar who uses a lock snapping technique.  These features include:

  • A snap-off front section.  This is designed to come away if the cylinder is attacked to give the intruder less of the cylinder to grip
  • Hardened grip defenders.  These make gripping the rest of the cylinder difficult.
  • A reinforced bar.  This is designed to flex to defeat potential intruders who want to snap the lock.

 Yale Anti-Snap Locks - Bright Nickel are not the cheapest locks available, you can compare the features against standard cylinder locks for doors here. 

Invest in low cost and effective crime prevention today - don't wait to be a victim


Many people ask the question do I need anti snap locks.  There has been a lot of press coverage about the Anti Snap Euro Cylinder, this short article explains what you need to look for in these door locks, what to avoid and how to fit them.

Snapped Door Locks

Victims of this crime wake up to find property stolen and snapped door locks lying on the ground.  Cylinder snapping (as it is sometimes called) is simple to do, force is applied to cylinders and it breaks in two. Vulnerable systems are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC or double glazed doors. If you haven't fitted a new mechanism in the last two or three years you may be at risk from being a victim of lock snapping.  Don't worry it is easy to fit a replacement, just see the video below.

Is an Anti Snap Euro Cylinder Needed in my Area?

Lock snapping started in West Yorkshire, but is spreading with cases reported in at least 17 other Police Forces. Worryingly many Police areas don't keep records on cases.  A list of areas affected can be found here - does lock snapping happen, however as stated many forces do not keep records of this issue.

How to Prevent Lock Snapping

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. Preventing cylinder snapping is not such a long process.

  1. Be aware of the problem. You've done this.
  2. Buy and fit the right locking product. The next step.
Buy an Anti Snap Lock, by clicking on the link below.

What To Look for in a Door Lock

  1. The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"
  2. It should be SS312 diamond approved.
  3. It must come in the correct size for your door - we will show you how to check

Yale Anti Snap Euro Cylinder

The Yale Cylinder is anti pick and anti bump. There are numerous sizes for this product, covering all door shapes.

How Are They Fitted?


There are 3 main criteria when choosing, stick to these and you will be fine. Effective options are quite low, about £30.00 - if it is much cheaper it wont be Sold Secure Diamond rated). The average home is valued at £181,000 so why have a cheap door lock that can be snapped in seconds?

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Further information on locks that can protect you from lock snapping can be found here




The question is often asked does lock snapping happen and if so where does lock snapping happen and and does lock snapping happen in my area.  This article will tell you where has lock snapping taken place and how you can tell if you have anti snap locks.

Where Does Lock Snapping Happen

Lock snapping was first reported in West Yorkshire, but is spreading with cases reported in at least 17 other Police Forces. Worryingly many Police areas don't keep records on lock snapping cases.  We know that lock snapping has been recorded in 18 police areas, but there may be more areas

Where Has Lock Snapping Taken Place

West Yorkshire has received the most publicity with programmes featuring on BBC1.  There have also been reported cases in Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, Leicestershire, Manchester, Merseyside, Northumbria, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, West Mercia and Warwickshire.

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.  It is therefore likely that the problem will increase.

Do I Need a Anti Snap Lock?

Many people are unsure if they need to replace their current locking devices.  In simple terms if you haven't replaced or fitted new door locks since 2008 then you may be vulnerable.  Don't be put off, they cost only £30 each and are easy to fit as this video shows.

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Where to Buy an Anti Snap Lock

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

Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder 

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.


SS312 is Sold Secure's diamond rated approval. Sold Secure is a testing organisation run by the Master Locksmiths Association, they test a range of locks to ensure they meet required standards.  Only locks that have SS312 approval should be purchased, make sure SS312 is stated in the product description.


AntiSnap Locks are currently needed in some areas more than others, however that can quickly change as more criminals become aware of this burglary technique. SS312 approved locks are quite low cost (about £30), so why take the risk of NOT fitting them to your home?


See our guide to Locksnapping in numbers



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Anti-Snap Locks fitted to doors are protection from one of the main developing burglary trends - that of Locksnapping.

Watch the video below on lock snapping or cyclinder snapping as it is sometimes referred to.  The BBC reported on 'lock snapping' - earlier this year and it has affected a number of areas within the UK. .  

Watch a locksnapping video here

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

Read more: What are Anti Snap Locks?

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