Within the UK Lock snapping first started in West Yorkshire, but is spreading with cases reported in at least 17 other Police Forces.
Many Police areas don't keep records on lock snapping cases. We know that lock snapping has been recorded in 18 police forces, but there may be more areas.
Lock snapping is simple to do, force is applied to cylinder door locks and it snaps in two. Vulnerable locks are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC or double glazed doors regarding Locksmith Alabaster. As a very basic guide, if you haven't fitted a new door lock since 2009 you lock will probably be vulnerable.
Where Has Lock Snapping Taken Place?
There have been at least 18 police force areas where cylinder snapping has been recorded, these include:
However many Police areas don't keep records and anecdotal evidence (from lock smiths for example) suggests the problem is much wider than this.
Are Anti Snap Euro Cylinders Needed?
If you need to fit new locks, for example if you have just moved home, or have lost a key or broke up with a partner then a replacement £5 door lock may look appealing. The contents of your home are insured, but what about the items that will be difficult to replace such as personal items of jewellery or photos stored on lap tops? Consider upgrading your locks at this point in case lock snapping becomes an issue in your area.
If you live in one of these 18 police areas affected by this burglary problem and need to change your door locks then from a crime prevention perspective it would be prudent to replace your old lock with a Anti Snap Euro Lock.
Those of us lucky enough to live in areas not affected yet may have more cause not to spend £30 on an upgrade yet.
What You Should Look for in a New Door Lock
1. The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"
2. It should be SS312 approved
3. It must come in the correct size for your door.
What is SS312
SS312 is Sold Secure's diamond rated approval. Sold Secure is a testing organisation run by the Master Locksmiths Association. There are a small number of locks that have SS312 approval, only these types should be purchased.