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Raymond Pearce - Avocet Hardware

Doors For Thought

Raymond Pearce, Avocet Hardware’s head of UK sales (ABS snap-secure locks) talks to MyTrade TV.

“We’ve recently taken great pleasure in announcing two deals that we feel are extremely significant in the on-going battle against lock-snapping.

The first saw composite door manufacturer Door-Stop International confirm that it is now stocking our full range of Affinity hardware – a range that of course includes our ABS snap-secure cylinder lock.

The second story, which was announced just a fortnight later in mid-October, concerned Glazerite Windows’ decision to fit ABS as standard on all of its Secured by Design (SBD) accredited doors.

To me these two deals mark a major shift in industry uptake of high security euro cylinder locks – in particular their use in composite doors.

Over the last two years we have worked tirelessly in drawing attention to the insidious rise in the incidents of lock-snapping in the UK, and the hard-to-ignore fact that this has occurred at a time when the number of uPVC and double-glazed doors being installed is at an all-time high.

The correlation between the two has nothing to do with the overall quality of the doors, but begs the question, why have so many manufacturers seen fit to sign off on sub-standard euro cylinder locks that only offer minimal protection between a burglar and his intended victim’s possessions?

Before any door manufacturer gets upset with me, I would like to point out that this attitude has not been confined to them.

The majority of the leading housebuilders still refuse to upgrade their specifications to include snap-secure locks for fear – I believe – of drawing attention to the thousands of recently completed, and sold, new homes that have locks that simply wouldn’t stand up to an attack.

The insurance industry’s head is still well and truly buried in the sand. Snapped locks are still being replaced with like-for-like products in a practice that is wholly bemusing, given that it simply leaves an already burgled home open to exactly the same method of forced entry.

Even the police have played a role. An informative report on the topic having been pulled from national TV on their advice – the reason being that it may draw attention to the practice in areas of the country where lock-snapping wasn’t prevalent, thus giving burglars in these areas new ideas.

Given a choice, I, as one of the law-abiding majority, would much rather I was provided with all the information I need to ensure my home is protected, rather than worry about the fact a would-be burglar might, just might watch the same programme and be inspired by it.

And talking of the media – a recent report on ITV1’s This Morning contained inaccurate information, which if followed would not protect your or anyone else’s home from a lock-snapping attack.

Thankfully, things are changing – and Glazerite and Door-Stop International are leading the way by making and announcing their decision to only install BS TS007 3-star rated or SS312 Diamond accredited locks in their doors.

These bold moves have been noted by others, and in the recent weeks more and more door manufacturers have been in contact to talk about incorporating ABS within their composite products. A trend that I’m sure the manufacturers of other TS007 3-star locks will have picked up on.

Our aim has always been to ensure the general public is given the information and the opportunity needed to protect their homes against lock-snapping attack.  And so we applaud Glazerite and Door-Stop International for their decisions, encourage others to follow suit, and hopefully this time next year we’ll be able to look back and say this was the moment that signalled the beginning of the end for lock-snappers.”

For additional information on Avocet Hardware visit www.avocet-hardware.co.uk or call 01484 711700.

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