Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware demonstrated the extent of the lock-snapping problem to a room full of Chief Inspectors, Home Office policy advisors, Police & Crime Commissioners and security professionals, during a series of workshops at this year’s Neighboured and Home Watch Network (NHWN) Awards held in Westminster on June 20th.
Raymond Pearce, Avocet Hardware’s head of UK sales, said: “The lock-snapping problem is well-documented, but what isn’t, is the fact that many of the supposedly snap-secure solutions on the market provide little or no protection.”
“Take for example locks with the British Standard Institute’s TS007 3-star rating. These are widely viewed as providing snap-security, but the vast majority can be snapped within a matter of seconds using tools that can be purchased by absolutely anyone on Amazon.”
“When we demonstrated this to an audience of highly influential figures from both Government and the police, they were not only shocked, but incredibly worried that the British public is being placed at risk by those who really should be doing everything within their powers to protect them.”
Lock-snapping is a form of forced entry that many police forces say accounts for over half of all break-ins in the UK. It takes advantage of a design flaw in the Euro cylinder lock that is fitted as standard in millions of UK homes.
If that wasn’t enough, the problem is significantly exacerbated by the refusal of everyone from home insurers through to police forces, lock manufacturers to the British Standard arbitrators to pull in the same direction.
“Incredibly there is a solution,” added Raymond. “Sold Secure’s SS312 Diamond accreditation is the most robust testing process on the market and is continually updated. If a lock carries this standard it is snap-secure. And what’s more, manufacturers have to resubmit their products for testing every 12-months to ensure they can be tested against the latest lock-snapping techniques.”
“If everyone took this on-board and advertised the fact we could stop lock-snappers in their tracks and make homes across Britain far more secure.”
Avocet Hardware was recently announced as NHWN’s primary sponsor for security products for 2014 / 2015 –a partnership aimed at helping secure local communities through a process of education, promotion and incentivisation.
“One of the key aims for this sponsorship period is the ensure that the British public is given the full story, and with it the knowledge they need to protect their home against lock-snapping attack,” he concluded.
Avocet Hardware manufactures one of the only Sold Secure SS312 Diamond accredited snap-secure locks currently available in the UK. For additional information visit www.homesecurityandsafety.co.uk/nhw or call 01484 725601