Why uPVC lock upgrades are a good investment.

The types of cylinders fitted in most new uPVC doors are often poor quality, may not be suitable to satisfy your insurance requirements and can be vulnerable to the most common methods of attacks used by burglars.

uPVC Doors and Lock Snapping

1. What is lock snapping?

Lock snapping is an increasingly common method of attack used by burglars to gain entry to your property. The method involves snapping the cylinder at a weak point, which allows the attacker to manipulate the lock open.

2. What types of locks are vulnerable?

Lock snapping exploits a vulnerability inherent in the design of Euro Profile Cylinders, which are the locking mechanisms used on almost all uPVC doors. Whilst you may think that all the multi locking points on your door make it secure, it’s important to realise they are all locke in position by the cylinder – this is the weakest point and if compromised all the locking points are free to move.

3. How common is lock snapping?

Lock snapping requires no specialist knowledge or tools. It can take just 5-10 seconds for a thief to snap a lock. About 8% of all burglaries nationwide involved lock snapping in 2019. However, it is also important to note that this figure reflects a significant decrease from over 15% of burglaries in 2011 because of the introduction of anti-snap locks which are now fitted on new uPVC doors.

3. What can I do to protect against lock snapping?

Lock snapping poses a real threat to the security of your home, but the important thing to realise is that there’s a simple solution. It’s not something to be afraid of, simply something to be aware of and take action to prevent by installing anti-snap locks.

How can I tell whether I have anti-snap locks already?

❗ Please Note: A lock must have been approved by one of these 3rd Party standards to ensure it is truly snap resistant. Do not rely on claims made by the manufacturer.

Upgrade Options

If your current uPVC locks do not currently protect against lock snapping, you might consider upgrading to one of the following.

Interested in upgrading your uPVC door locks?

Get in contact today to arrange a free security survey of your property.






    uPVC Door Lock Upgrades Reviews

    Cusworth Master Locksmith offers cost-effective and high quality uPVC door lock upgrades to Wilmslow, Stockport, Macclesfield and the surrounding areas. Read our testimonials from our happy customers.
    Brad Walker

    ''Danny recently carried out work at my house after being burgled on New Years Eve. He came round within half an hour of calling to look at the damage that had been caused to the lock and secured the door. The work was carried out in a professional and efficient manner and would certainly recommend Cusworth Master Locksmiths.'''
    Anon

    ''Searched via Which for a Locksmith to repair my side door which I was unable to open. Danny's company happened to be the first on the list in my area. He had an overall five star rating and good reviews. He answered my call immediately and called later in the day to carry out the repair. He identified what was an uncommon problem and fixed it after some tricky drilling work. He also gave me some good advice concerning locks and their suitability in preventing a break in. I am very happy to endorse all the other five star reviews and would have no hesitation in recommending Danny or using his services again in the future.''
    Charles

    Greater Manchester

    ''I needed new snap proof locks fitted and this was handled in an effective and timely manner and everything was carried out to the highest standard. Would have no hesitation in recommending the service to others.''
    Anon

    ''I had problems with the handle for a 25 year old double glazed door. Danny arrived on time, quickly understood the problem. He made a temporary fix and then left to get a replacement. Due to the age this wasn't possible but between him and the supplier managed to adapt a new handle to fit. He assembled the replacement and I am delighted with the result. He also helped adjust a difficult window lock which now is as new. He is polite, hard working, neat & tidy and very reasonable. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others and would definitely use him again should the need arise.''
    Anon

    Greater Manchester

    ''I telephoned Cusworth Locksmiths as my front door Yale lock had started to stick and the chub was becoming temperamental too. The added complication - or so I thought - was that we wanted the same key for the outer porch door locks too. Having got through on the phone to Danny without a problem, it was well explained what I needed, which was not, thankfully, the expense of full new locks. The appointment was made and Danny arrived right on time as arranged and set to work, completing the task professionally and without fuss, changing the Yale barrels and just the insides of the chub. Both doors sorted and the same key to both doors - all within the hour. Thank you for such an efficient service. I will certainly use you again.''
    Mark Moran

    ''Great service. Quick Response. Needed help after an attempted burglary. Danny had most of the parts needed in his van and those he didn't he returned with quickly. Very knowledgable and offered sound advice on door security. Highly recommended.''

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