Lock snapping burglary

lock snapping burglary


Lock-snapping burglary is a prolific method of entry that criminals have used for over a decade.

After some research, 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 composite, UPVC, patio, and French doors.

The unfortunate reality is that these types of inadequate locks and handles are standard for the majority of doors installed every day by members of the public, who are sadly still unaware of how vulnerable they are to burglary.

lock snapping burglary

Quiet and quick

Year-on-year statistics and our own experience as former Police officers have shown that burglars commit this method of entry at all times of the day, whether persons are at home or not, because it is relatively quiet and scarily quick to commit.

On many occasions, the offence is committed while people are asleep in bed. They awake to discover the burglary but unfortunately hear nothing.

As a burglary prevention company, we consistently attend lock-snapping burglary scenes. However, most homeowners and businesses are still unaware or misinformed of the dangers of installing non-accredited euro locks.

lock snapping burglary
What are inadequate euro locks?

The face of a euro lock has a universal profile so that manufacturers can make standard-size locks.

If your euro lock does not display a 3-star and diamond stamp mark on the profile, it is not up to locksmith and police standards, and a burglar can snap it to gain entry.

We attend burglary scenes with so-called anti-snap locks where sacrificial cuts in the lock appear to be only for show, with grip marks and the lock snapped across the securing screw hole.

What are inadequate handles?

Standard UPVC handles are made from aluminium alloy and approximately three times the thickness of a Coke can, making them easy to break.

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

Lock Snapping Prevention

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

Security Handles

lock snapping burglary
Can this method of entry be prevented?

Installing the TS007 3-star diamond accredited ULTION euro lock from SheffLOCK, can 100% prevent this method of burglary entry.

This lock has never been snapped and entry gained.

Ultion locks

Ultion keys
Ultion Keys

We can also provide you with keyed-alike locks, meaning you can use the same Ultion Key in two or more locks. This is ideal for your front door, back door and garage.

Ultion Keys

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