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.
❗ 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.