The Benefits of Installing Anti-Snap Locks
What is Lock Snapping?
Lock snapping is one of the easiest techniques for burglars to gain access to your home. It is both simple and quick, all a burglar must do is apply force to the cylinder.
They do this by using a hammer or other household tools which enable them to snap the lock cylinder into two parts. A burglar does not need any skills or experience to do this.
When the lock cylinder is broken in two, the burglar the burglar can then get to the locking mechanism. The burglar would then manipulate the lock and gain access to your home in a matter of seconds.
How Do Anti Snap Locks Work?
Various lock manufacturers have designed high security anti-snap cylinder locks to fight against the risk of the lock snapping method. Included within these cylinders are anti-snap lines, known as sacrificial lines.
When force is used on the lock cylinder, it will break along the anti-snap line leaving the centre of the cylinder intact. When this section breaks, it makes it more difficult for the burglar to grab the cylinder and break into it. This means that your door will remain locked and will stop the burglar from gaining access via the door.
Do I Have Anti Snap Locks Fitted?
Unfortunately, in most cases, you cannot tell if your lock is an anti-snap lock just by looking at it. You would have to remove the lock from the door and see if it has the snap lines running down the cylinder.
We would advise against removing the lock by yourself. If the lock is refitted and not fitted properly then this could be a security risk. If the lock sticks out of the door casing by just a few millimetres, then a burglar could use a tool to grab the lock and pull it out.
If you are keen to purchase an anti-snap lock then we would advise that you seek advice from a professional locksmith. A qualified locksmith will measure your door and order a cylinder that is the right size to fit your specific door. A locksmith will make sure the cylinder does not stick out of the door casing and is fitted properly.
Which Are the Best Anti Snap Locks?
When choosing an anti-snap lock, you need to make sure that the highest level of security against lock snapping is in place. Anti-snap locks should be tested and approved to specific standards. Anti Snap locks can also help to protect you from the blowtorch method. This is where intruders use a blowtorch to melt the door which then reveals the lock.
Anti Snap Locks Recommended by The Police
The Police have recommended that you use a 3 star rating when you are updating your cylinders. A cylinder with a 3 star rating is the more favoured option as it provides you with the maximum level of security for locks that are tested to TS 007 testing procedure.
If you would like to get a 5 star security rating, you can do this by fitting a 3 star cylinder in combination with a 2 star door handle.
When it comes to choosing an anti snap lock, there are so many available. There are five types of attacks that your locks need to be able to resist. These are snapping, drilling, picking, plug extraction and bumping. Below we have listed a few of the more popular high security cylinders and what to look for.
Sold Secure SS312 Diamond Cylinders
SS312 Diamond was the first test standard produced to fight against lock snapping and is considered to be the highest level of approval for lock cylinders. The SS312 Diamond has received vigorous testing to establish the euro cylinder locks resistance against lock snapping.
TS007 3-Star Cylinder
The TS007 3 star cylinder is independently tested by BSI and awarded the British Kitemarked TS007:2014 3 star accreditation. The TS007 3 star lock refers to a Euro cylinder that has been subjected to an attack test in addition to the testing performed on a one star cylinder.
The Police recommend both the SS312 Diamond locks or TS 007 3 star locks for when you upgrade the locks on your home or business premises.
1-Star Cylinder with 2 Star Furniture
An option to the 3-star euro cylinder option is to have a 1-star euro lock cylinder protected by 2-star approved door furniture.
Call Dr Locks Today
In summary, the smartest way to protect yourself against the anti snapping burglary technique is simple… Call Dr Locks today on 01904 295 465 to fit a Sold Secure Diamond approved cylinder to your property.
Dr Locks covers all areas of York, Harrogate, Leeds, Pocklington, Easingwold and Selby.