BRIGHOUSE-based Avocet Hardware (UK) says people are being lulled into a false sense of security.
Analysis of burglaries in West Yorkshire last December revealed that 27 per cent had been committed by criminals using a technique called ‘lock-snapping’ whereby these locks are literally snapped in two - a process that requires no specialist tools or knowledge and can be completed in as little as 13 seconds.
Avocet’s managing director Michael Tuck said: “It doesn’t matter how many hooks and deadbolts you have, it’s all down to the snap security of the euro cylinder.
“The euro cylinder is quite literally the key locking point of the door and once this has been compromised the hooks and deadbolts can be easily disengaged to open the door.”
It is acknowledged as a national problem and West Yorkshire Police are now warning local residents of this method of attack.
The force has been proactive in tackling the issue, encouraging manufacturers to improve the design of euro cylinder locks and convincing industry organisations to develop more stringent standards and testing procedures.
Meanwhile, Secured by Design, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ crime prevention initiative, has worked closely with the Door and Hardware Federation, the Glass and Glazing Federation and the British Standards Institute to develop a new Kitemark standard TS007 for lock cylinders, lock surrounds and door handles.
The standard has a star rating system and products can be rated from one to three stars.
Avocet Hardware (UK) is one of the first lock makers to develop a euro cylinder lock that is accredited to the TS007 (three stars) and the SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standards.
Its ABS Snap Secure door lock features a patented system that if the lock is snapped it still provides a total barrier against entry yet also allows the door to be opened and locked using the key from the inside.
More information about ABS locks and ABS Elite locksmiths near you can be found at www.abs-secure.co.uk
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Mr Tuck added: “We don’t want to worry people unduly but if they want peace of mind then we recommend they replace any existing euro cylinder locks with new ones that meet the TS007 three star standard.”