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What is lock snapping and how to prevent it.

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Shock, anger, fear, helplessness….these are all feelings experienced by burglary. 

What can you do to protect yourself and your property?

Cylinder locks are present on the majority of UPVC and composite doors and we are aware that some offenders have developed a way of overcoming them to then gain access into a home. Check the standard of lock or euro profile cylinder within your door. Look to upgrade your locks to one’s that have either achieved a 3 star rating under TS 007 and/or the Sold Secure Diamond Standard (SS312). Some cylinders have achieved both.

The term “Anti snap” or “Snap Safe” locks are those that are tested and approved to SS312 Diamond standard. 

Cylinder locks can be changed by yourself. However, it is vital that they are measured properly to ensure the right size for your door. They should NOT be fitted so that they are left protruding from the door unit or handle.


Take a look at the Master Locksmiths Association website as this gives lots of useful information on locks and how to prevent lock snapping What is Lock Snapping & How to Prevent It - Master Locksmiths Association




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