A Chesterfield-woman has won a nationwide competition to have the locks on her house upgraded to make them secure against lock-snapping attack. Veronica Bradbury from Linden Drive, Hasland is a Neighbourhood & Homes Watch Network (NHWN) member and won a competition that was open to all members of the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) supported crime prevention network. “As a Neighbourhood Watch member I am only too aware of the kind of steps that need to be taken to protect your property and the Avocet Hardware ABS locks that I’ve had fitted will certainly help to do that,” said Mrs Bradbury. Lock-snapping as a means of forced entry has come to prevalence in recent years as a result of the rising use of uPVC and other double glazed doors. Some police forces now estimate that over half of all burglaries in the UK can be blamed on it. Avocet’s ABS locks were fitted in Mrs Bradbury’s home by Chesterfield-based, Hawkins Locksmiths – a family owned business that has been providing peace of mind to its customers since 1993. “I’ve come across numerous break-ins that were due to the snapping vulnerability of the euro cylinder locks, which are fitted to 90 per cent of homes, but amazingly people are still unaware that these incidences can simply be avoided,” said Ian Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Locksmiths. “Avocet’s ABS Euro Cylinder is the only lock on the market that has achieved the new 3 Star TS007 British Standard, Sold Secure SS312 Diamond Accreditation and the official police initiative Secured By Design, and is the only lock that I would currently recommend,” he added. Avocet Hardware is NHWN’s primary sponsor for security products. For additional information visit www.avocet-hardware.co.uk or call or call 01484 725601.