Yale Alerts Homeowners to Lock Snapping Attacks

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1. Identify your lock cylinder

Lock snapping is a worrying new trend where burglars apply force to the lock cylinder, rendering the lock useless. The locks most at risk of this type of attack are fitted with a Euro profile cylinder. These are found in the majority of PVC and composite doors installed in the last 15 years and operate in combination with a multipoint lock.

So the first step is to identify your lock type. If you have a Euro cylinder, and if your door is more than a year or two old, move to step two.

2. Replace you cylinder

Homeowners should upgrade their cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent attack, ideally meeting the TS007 standard. This is a security standard that was introduced in response to the growing threat of burglary as criminals’ methods of breaking in to homes become more sophisticated. The standard uses a three star system in which the cylinder, or a combination of the cylinder and security furniture, must have an accumulative three stars to meet the minimum-security requirements.

The star rating of any given product will be indicated above the Kitemark on the packaging, and it is up to the person fitting the furniture to ensure they have the correct combination of hardware to accumulate the three stars and comply with the standard.

3. Consider replacing your multipoint lock at the same time

Regardless of lock snapping, Yale estimates that over one million multipoint locks will fail this year as they reach the end of their natural lifecycle.

Telltale warning signs include the door handle drooping, jamming, feeling loose or making a ‘clunking’ sound when operated.

Rather than go the expense of replacing the whole door, Yale’s Doormaster™ replacement multipoint lock range is a straightforward solution and offers a 10 year guarantee as well as the meeting the latest security standards.

By following this simple three-step plan, Yale believes householders can simply and inexpensively protect their home and make sure they comply with the demands in their home insurance policies.

For the best advice on protecting your home, Yale recommends you consult your local Crime Reduction Officer, a qualified locksmith, a Yale Security Point professional installer or a Yale Doormaster expert for multipoint locks.

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