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What are Anti Snap Locks?

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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. 

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?

Sold Secure, a testing agency operated by the Master Locksmiths Association,  have introduced a new 'Lock cylinders diamond' rating, as at April 2013 two locks are showing as having achieved this standard.  

These Yale 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.

Don't wait to be the next victim of lock snapping, if you haven't changed your locks in the last two years buy an anti-snap lock. 

 

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