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Do I Need Anti Snap Locks

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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