On a daily basis as a locksmith, I am asked what is lock snapping. In the vast majority of uPVC doors a euro cylinder lock is used to secure the door. When enough torque is applied to the end of the cylinder, it will snap! Double cylinder locks are the most prone to this attack, these are the type most likely to be found on uPVC doors.
Thieves have developed various tools to capitalise on this weakness and are gaining access to homes and commercial properties throughout the Yorkshire regions. This usually involves breaking off the outside handle first and then attacking the cylinder itself.
The manufacturers of euro cylinder locks have developed various methods to combat lock snapping in the last few years, these anti-snap locks are snap-proof. Some use a method where the cylinder will break off at a point which will not allow access to the locking mechanism. Others have used a laminated core running the full length of the lock, this prevents the cylinder from snapping regardless of how much force is applied.
We have packages to suit every pocket and these offer fantastic value considering they will protect your homes from an unauthorised access. Parkgate Locksmiths are the leading locksmiths in Rotherham and recommend that everybody should seriously think about having their locks checked.
When choosing a lock to fit, my advice would be to ring your local locksmiths first and get their advice. The costs will vary because anti-snap locks are available in different price ranges where the Ultion, Cisa and ABS brands are quality compared to the ICL budget range.
At Parkgate Locksmiths, we are always willing to offer free advice over the phone to the residents of Rotherham and South Yorkshire and, if required, are able to come to your home and check if your locks are the type which may be compromised. We do not charge for this service.
If you are serious about changing your locks and are wondering if there is anything else that you can do, there are also high-security door handles. These work by eliminating the ability for thieves to snap the handles off in the first place. We call these “pas 24 handles” and are a superb way of offering an extra defence to your home and work as a visual deterrent as well. Again there are several types of pas 24 handles now available to suit the different door types on the market and budgets.