Lock snapping burglary

lock snapping burglary


Lock snapping burglary is a prolific method of entry that has been used by criminals for over a decade.

It is believed that this method originated in the West Yorkshire area of the UK sometime in 2007 and quickly spread throughout the country.

The method targets inadequate euro locks and UPVC handles on doors such as composite, UPVC, Patio and french doors to name a few.

The unfortunate reality is that these type of inadequate locks and handles are fitted as standard to the majority of doors installed everyday to members of the public who are sadly still unaware of how vulnerable to burglary they are.

lock snapping burglary

Quiet and quick

Year on year statistics and our own personal experience as former Police officers has shown that burglars commit this method of entry at all times of the day, whether persons are in the property or not due to this method of entry being relatively quiet and scarily quick to commit.

On many occasions, if the offence is committed whilst people are asleep in bed, they awake to discover that they have been burgled but unfortunately heard nothing.

As a burglary prevention company we attend lock snapping burglary scenes on a consistent basis as the majority of home owners/ businesses are still unaware or misinformed of the dangers of non accredited euro locks being installed.

lock snapping burglary
What are inadequate euro locks?

The outer shape of a euro lock is universal.

If your euro lock does not display the accredited 3-star and diamond stamp mark underneath where the key goes in, it is a fact that the lock can be snapped and entry gained.

This is proven time and time again as we attend burglary scenes whereby so called anti-snap locks that are not accredited have been snapped and entry gained.

What are inadequate handles?

Standard UPVC handles are only on average approximately 3 x the thickness of a coke can and are also usually made of aluminium which is snapped extremely easily.

The maximum accreditations available for a security handle is TS007 2 star diamond accredited.

lock snapping burglary
Can this method of entry be prevented?

100% this method of entry can be prevented by installing the TS007 3-star diamond accredited ULTION euro lock from SheffLOCK.

This lock has never been snapped and entry gained.

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Lock Snapping Prevention

As Burglary Prevention experts we recommend ALL external doors have these type of euro locks combined with LOCK LOCK TS007 2 star sold secure accredited security handles installed for maximum security.

Ultion locks


Ultion keys
Ultion Keys

We can also provide you with additional locks that are keyed alike meaning you can use the same Ultion Key in 2 or more locks. Ideal for your front door, back door and garage.


SheffLOCK Ltd
Unit 6 Niagara Works
Niagara Road
South Yorkshire.
S6 1LU
Call: (0114) 442 6200

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Lock snapping burglaries
Chris Hanson
18 October 2019