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How Do They Snap?
Lock snapping is a burglary technique which involves snapping a particular type of lock cylinder in two by applying the right amount of force and removing the outside part to expose the locking mechanism. Once the locking mechanism is exposed, it’s open to tampering which allows the door to be unlocked using simple household tools.
There are now many ‘anti-snap’ locks on the market, some are very secure and some are not.Shop Secure
Other methods of attack include:
Watch The BBC Documentary On Lock Snapping
Watch The Crimewatch Film On Lock Snapping
How do Anti-Snap Cylinders Not Snap?
In short, they do snap.
But they are engineered to snap in the right place and a long way in front of the vulnerable central section that gives access to the multi-point-lock or dead lock. Due to the small size and shape that the cylinder has to squeeze into it would not be possible to make a cylinder strong enough to withstand the enormous applied pressure of the mole grips whilst still being affordable.
The concept is that when the burglar grabs the end of the cylinder just the tip snaps off leaving more metal in front of the central target area.
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What You Think You Know
“I am safe if my cylinder doesn’t stick out beyond the
Most lock snapping attacks involve ripping off the door handle first, so it doesn’t matter if your locks stick out past the handle. Watch this video to see how we snapped a door handle.Play Video
“Any lock with a sacrificial section will protect me from
A cylinder that boasts a sacrificial end is not guaranteed protection. We have tested many where the lock has still snapped in the centre and not on the sacrificial cut as designed.Play Video
“Any lock with a kite mark is
Looking to the standards for guidance can just confuse. Until 2012 the EN1303 cylinder kite mark test included no real snapping test. Then TS007 kite mark was introduced, if the cylinder passed this test it got 3 stars – if it failed it still got 1 star and a kitemark! So even today a kite marked cylinder is not a snap secure purchase.
“Any lock with 3 stars will definitely protect me from a
We have tested all TS007 3 star locks on the UK market and found that many held out for considerably less time than the October 2012 test criteria. We don’t know why this is, but it is why we test everything we sell to make sure that what you buy does what we say it does – not just what the manufacturer says.