Between April 2013 and March 2014, there were over 785,000 burglaries in England and Wales – two-thirds of which occurred in homes, and one-third of which targeted out-buildings, garages, or other non-connected buildings, such as summer houses and sheds. So why are these figures so high, and what can you do to protect your home?
Anti-snap locks are one important tool that you can employ to protect your home from criminal invasion, as they help beat one of the most dangerous and growing burglary trends.
The Weakest Point
Despite increased vigilance, a number of houses are still hit by a common, but under-recognised problem – lock snapping. As many good locksmiths could easily tell you – it doesn’t matter how many deadbolts or hook bolts you put on the door, the weak point will always be the cylinder lock. This part of the door often lacks the robust strength of other types of lock, and is further weakened by the presence of a screw fixing. No matter how many locks you have in place, they are all linked to the cylinder lock, so if this part of your security system is compromised, the other locks can easily be overcome. Would-be burglars now have a wealth of simple tools at their disposal, which can be used to snap the cylinder, and gain access to your property, in minutes (or even seconds!) if you haven’t employed anti-snap locking technology.
Vulnerable to Attack
So, why are anti-snap locks not more commonly used? Unfortunately, for many years the police have not tracked the specific part of the lock targeted in cases of forced entry. Although we know from official crime statistics that lock snapping is likely to be involved in at least 25% of break-ins, according to the Door Hardware Federation, over half of the UK’s 45 million households are still leaving themselves vulnerable to this kind of attack, because of their choice of locking mechanism.
Protect against Lock Snapping
In 2010, new lock standards were rolled out, to help ensure more households were protected. The Avocet Break Secure lock – also known as ABS lock, is the only lock of its kind that has reached the highest, secure diamond classification in these new standards. The ABS lock is designed to resist snapping, as it is stronger and more resilient than traditional cylinder locks. Simply put – criminals can no longer simply snap your cylinder lock and gain access. So why not check out the security options we have available and get peace of mind, and solid protection against the unskilled, but dangerously effective practice of lock-snapping?