If you have been unfortunate to have been burgled recently, there is every chance that the thieves gained access unlawfully via “lock snapping”. This process is not new to the South Yorkshire area but is on the increase within Sheffield.
In the majority of uPVC, composite and sliding patio doors the locks fitted are called 'euro profile cylinders'. These locks are made of brass and can be easily split in half with a simple technique. To make matters worse, the handles are usually broken off as part of the process, leaving you with a mess.
There are a few alternative options which increase the security of your doors tenfold. The euro cylinder can be exchanged for a snap proof lock. These work by negating the option to snap the cylinder in half. Different manufacturers use different processes to do this but they all work well. As an added benefit, the better quality locks have other features included such as being bump-proof, anti-drill and anti-pick proof.
By carrying out a complete lock replacement and having anti-snap locks installed, you can protect your property from snapping.
In the case of the handles, pas 24 insurance approved handles now available. This new design of handles not only protect the euro cylinder itself but also give off a visual deterrent. They are designed to prevent thieves being able to grip the handles with a pair of mole grips. The screws that hold the handles on have been increased in strength, thus preventing them from being broken.