A Huntingdon-man has won a nationwide competition to have the locks on his house upgraded to make them secure against lock-snapping attack – one of the most popular forms of forced entry in the UK. Tom Jackson from Desborough Road, Hartford 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 Mr Jackson. Lock-snapping as a mean 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 Hardware, which is NHWN’s primary sponsor for security products, manufactures the safest snap-secure locks currently available in the UK. The West Yorkshire company’s ABS lock has a 3-star rating according to BSI’s TS007 standard and boasts Sold Secure’s SS312 Diamond accreditation. “There are a lot of different snap-secure locks available, but ABS is the only one that passes all the tests needed to get both Sold Secure’s Diamond and BSI’s 3-star kitemark accreditation,” said Raymond Pearce of Avocet Hardware. Avocet’s ABS locks were fitted on front, back and conservatory doors in Tom Jackson’s home by Neil Hale of Panther Locksmiths – a local firm that has been operating in the Huntingdon areas since 2011. “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 unaware that these incidences can simply be avoided,” said Neil. “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.” For additional information visit www.avocet-hardware.co.uk or call or call 01484 725601.