As part of their National Home Security Month initiative YALE have published a series of tips on how best to protect your property. One common vulnerability are Eurocylinder locks, which are fitted to most UPVC doors. Here is what YALE have to say:
What is lock snapping?
"Lock snapping involves snapping the lock cylinder in two, by applying force, and removing the outside part to expose the lock mechanism. Doing so provides access to the mechanism, allowing the door to be unlocked.
Thieves use tools like hammers and screwdrivers to snap the locks and, worryingly, it can take just seconds to gain access. This technique does not require experience or skill, merely brute force.
The locks most at risk of this type of attack are fitted with a euro profile cylinder. Euro profile locks are found in the majority of PVCu and composite doors installed in the last 15 years and operate in combination with a multipoint lock".
Attributed Source: YALE #NHSM
NP Security Solutions fit Anti Bump, Anti Drill, Anti Snap and Anti Pick Eurocylinders where this level of security is required/requested. We recommend these for front and back doors especially. As always we are more than happy to advise you of your options. Call 01502 377017 for advice.
fiWe are often alarmed to see 3 Lever Locks fitted on the external doors of a property. Although these can be seen as a cheap alternative, they are only for internal doors and offer low level security. They do not comply to British Standards.
We have made a short clip featuring our Locksmith Nigel Parsons, opening a 3 Lever Lock using just two pieces of wire. We urge everyone to check that their locks conform to British Standards and if any doubt, consult a reputable Locksmith. This is a service offered free of charge by NP Security Solutions.
This time of year we start to lock everything away in our garden sheds again, so it is the ideal time to check it is secure. Start with your shed door; are the hinges exposed on the outside? If so criminals can unscrew the hinge, taking the door off completely. Fit security screws to prevent this.
If your shed is secured using a padlock and hasp, ensure these are of very good quality and are not vulnerable. Make sure all valuables, such as power tools are not visible through your shed window, if a criminal can't see it, they are less likely to try breaking in.
Are the contents of your shed included on your home insurance? Check your policies, as power tools can be expensive to replace.
Finally are your garage locks adequate? Consider fitting British Standard locks to the side door of your garage and again check if your insurance policy insists on this. Side doors are often more hidden and attractive to burglars than the easily seen, exposed front door of a garage.
It is important to us at NP Security Solutions to keep investing in new technology and materials. The latest member of our team comes in a roll, has one third the tensile strength of steel and is incredibly strong and sticky! Any guesses? It's the latest repair for broken, vulnerable or weak glass. Replacing the need for steel or plywood alternatives the highly secured glass repair film is impact resistant to BS12600 1B1, guaranteeing the highest security. It can also be used to stabilise glass, saving on costly replacement.
When looking for reputable tradesmen one of the first things we consider is cost. Trusted regulator, Which? Local offers a handy guide on what to expect to pay for each particular trade. We have always wanted to offer excellent value for money and the Which? guide shows just how competitive we remain.
According to Which?
Labour should be charged at £70-£90 Our charge is £55-£65
To replace a budget Eurocylinder £90-£140 Our charge is £75
To replace an anti snap Eurocylinder £115-£160 Our charge is £80
Although we are exceptionally cost effective, we never compromise on quality and our service is legendary! Call NP Security Solutions today on 01502 377017 Your trusted, local 24hr Locksmith.