A quarter of all burglaries in West Yorkshire are being
committed by criminals using a technique called "lock snapping",
police have revealed.
Since 2009, there has been a rise in the technique, which
involves applying force and snapping the cylinder in two.
West Yorkshire Police said it was mainly prevalent with euro
cylinder locks and urged concerned residents to seek crime
Ex-burglar Peter Findlay said snapping the lock was "simpler and
quicker". Mr Findlay, who now works with police to help them
with crime prevention tactics, told the BBC's Inside Out programme:
"If I had the best lock picks in England I wouldn't bother using
them, I'd just snap the lock."
Police said the technique first emerged in Bradford a couple of
years ago and now accounted for more than a quarter of all
burglaries across the force area.
Figures for December show that 27% of all burglaries across the
county involved lock snapping on euro cylinders. Euro cylinder
locks are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC and other
double glazed doors.
The Association of Chief Police Officers are working with the
door and lock industry to come up with a new British standard for
Mr Money said: "What we want to do is ensure that the new
British standard locks are a lot stronger and can resist