What Is Cylinder Snapping?
Lock snapping or cylinder snapping is a common method used by burglars to gain entry to your property. Burglars use this method against a euro cylinder lock which are fitted to most properties with uPVC doors or composite doors.
Lock Snapping Method
To snap a euro cylinder lock it only takes minutes and no specialist tools are required. Once the cylinder has been snapped the lock is then manipulated to open the door and grant the burglar entry to your home. You may think that a multipoint locking door is very secure, however it is only as good as the cylinder lock fitted as the lock itself is the weak part of the locking system.
Preventing Locks Snapping
One of the best and easiest ways to prevent locks snapping is to have your euro cylinder locks changed to an anti-snap cylinder. These locks are designed to snap in a predetermined position leaving in tact a portion of the cylinder that will still provide security and still need a key to open the lock. These locks are British kite marked and are insurance approved. They are anti-snap, anti-drill, anti-pick and anti-bump.
You cannot tell from the outside if your euro lock is a vulnerable cylinder, the lock itself needs to be removed from the door. Although this is a fairly simple job to do, our advice is to call your local locksmith. Seymour Locksmiths can advise and give you a free no obligation quote.
This is a picture of an anti-snap cylinder lock, you can see by the two lines either side of the cylinder that if anyone tries to snap the lock it will brake on one of the lines leaving the locking middle part of the cylinder intact and therefore a key is still needed to gain entry.