The media often run articles reporting cases of Lock Snapping, subsequently we are then contacted with concerned inquiries regarding having locks upgraded. The purpose of this blog it to try and explain what type of cylinders locks you can use to combat this threat.
First of all we have to stress that lock snapping is not a common occurrence and can only be done if a cylinder if fitted badly or the perpetrator has time, privacy and the tools necessary to carry out this action. Upgrading to snap secure locks is certainly something we at Keyway Locks can do for you so the following is a guide to what might be considered in your circumstances.
To combat lock snapping by using a cylinder upgrade alone then it has to be a TS 007 3* approved lock. There are other options such as using a 2* PAS handle or escutcheon and a 1* cylinder, or the preferred option of utilising a Sold Secure Diamond approved cylinder.
Essentially TS007 has 3 levels associated with it:-
- 1 star – for cylinders (basic approval, no testing for snapping)
- 2 star – for handles and other door furniture (e.g. security escutcheons)
- 3 star – for cylinders (tested for resistance to snapping)
TS007 approved products carry the BS Kitemark. This indicates the product has been tested by a 3rd party and hasn’t simply been approved to the standard by the manufacturer themselves.
Remember if you have a mechanism such as a multipoint locking mechanism on a uPVC door, it is only as secure as the Cylinder fitted to it.