One in three burglaries in the west Yorkshire area is now
committed using a new technique called 'lock snapping'.
Burglars have discovered what the locksmith and hardware
industry have known for years. It doesn't matter how many hook or
dead bolts you have on your door, the weak point is the cylinder
Due to inherent weakpoints in the door cylinder lock,
having little material to give robust strength and the screw fixing
enhancing this weakness, using simple tools, a burglar can "snap"
the cylinder and gain access to the door mechanism and open the
- In as little as 20 seconds, a burglar can gain entry to your
home with very little noise.
- Major lock companies and door manufacturers have ignored this
issue for many years, due to the previous relatively low amount of
burglaries using this method.
- This is now the preferred method of many burglars and in some
areas is as many as 1 in 3 forced entry burglaries.
- Many security cylinders that have flooded the market recently
offer little resistance to this method of attack.
- Security handles also offer very little resistance.
- Many manufacturers merely produce product to overcome
ineffecient testing standards which mislead the public to believe
their product is secure.
We have tested the majority of security cylinders and handles on
the market, using very basic methods, and found them severely
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