Common Threats to Home Security - Why You Need To Upgrade Your Locks 73

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Standard Euro cylinder locks are very popular in the UK and are intended for a large proportion of uPVC and composite doors. Nonetheless, whilst Euro cylinders are very common, they have numerous weakness against criminals. For even doors with multiple locking points, burglars will often get into a property in under a minute without making use of specialist tools.

Some of the most widely used techniques used by burglars to force an entry include:

Lock snapping Lock snapping is among the most commonly seen method in house break-ins in the UK. Euro cylinders include a weak point close to the centre where space is given for the revolving cam to interact with with the locking mechanism. In a matter of seconds, using only easy to access tools, standard Euro cylinders could be snapped in 2, allowing burglars to eliminate the exterior part and gain access to the cam and locking mechanism to unlock the door.

Lock bumping To gain entry to a house by means of lock bumping, burglars can insert an adapted key into a Euro cylinder and open the door in rapid sequence by striking the key and putting on torque. Lock-bumping might leave few obvious signs of damage - this may hinder any insurance claims after a burglary.

Lock drilling Lock drilling is a destructive technique which involves employing a strong drill bit to drill on the sheer line of a Euro cylinder towards the depth of a key, allowing the plug to become turned with a screw driver. By wrecking the lock, a door could be opened with ease.

Lock picking Lock picking is more infrequently seen as it needs a degree of skill and practice. The technique involves the manipulation of the pins in the cylinder so that they line up on the shear line. By doing this the plug might be turned, opening the lock.

The solution? If your property features standard Euro cylinder locks and you're feeling that your house is not secure from intruders, you'll be able to get anti-snap cylinder locks. Anti-snap locks are the identical size as a standard Euro cylinder and offer many of the same benefits. For instance, they are easy to re-key or replace without having to change the bolt works. However, anti-snap locks are intended to beat lock snapping, bumping and also other common break-in methods:

• Anti-snap locks have anti snap cuts that mean just a small section of the cylinder breaks off, leaving the cam and locking mechanism undamaged.

• To resist lock bumping, in contrast to other pin based cylinders, anti-snap locks feature one pin that sits far above the other pins, with one pin that sits around the sheer line. Which means that even when a key is cut to bump the pin on the sheer line, it will always be too low to make contact with the highest pin.

• Many anti-snap locks use hardened steel anti drill pins inside the barrel and plug of the cylinder to safeguard against lock drilling.

• Many anti-snap locks feature anti pick spool pins to avoid lock picking.

Discover more here about having anti snap locks installed.

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