To mark the start of the school holidays Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, in partnership with Avocet Hardware, which produces the highest rated Euro cylinder lock on the market, is advising homeowners to #stayABSsafe this summer by launching its #ABSsummerlockin campaign.
There is a 10% increase in domestic burglaries and 40% increase in outdoor thefts during the summer* due in part to the number of British holiday makers who venture abroad for their summer vacation.
The office for National Statistics latest crime survey for England and Wales reports 92% of all domestic burglary in a dwelling is committed through the front and back door, 52% and 40% respectively
Furthermore the report highlights one quarter of all burglaries are the result of forcing the lock or lock snapping as it’s more commonly known – a growing trend directly related to the increase use of uPVC and other double glazed doors.
Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network is urging the public to understand the dangers of lock snapping and how they can make their homes less exposed to potential burglaries this summer.
Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, said: “The school holidays is a busy time for burglars as many houses are left empty when people head off for a getaway. Throw in the light nights and warmer weather and it’s no wonder there is an increase in break-ins.
He continued: “We want people to enjoy their summer holidays without worrying about their home, which is why we have joined with Avocet to let people know that fitting a proper anti-snap lock is a really effective way to help stop a burglar gaining access to your property.”
Clive Lloyd, managing director of Avocet Hardware, said: “The rise in lock snapping is directly related to the increased use of uPVC and other double glazed doors, which are fitted as standard with a Euro cylinder lock that can be snapped and removed in a matter of seconds using nothing more than simple DIY tools.
“Our ABS Snap Secure lock has been designed specifically to prevent this crime. It is one of the first locks of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007 (three stars), is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the new SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard, and is approved by Secured by Design.”
For further information and updates on #ABSsummerlockin follow Twitter @N_Watch and @avocetabs. To stay up to date on Avocet news and competitions join its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/abs.secure.
More information about ABS locks can be found at www.abs-secure.co.uk. Alternatively call 01484 711 700.
Joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is completely free and has been proven to reduce your chance of getting burgled. For further information and home security safety advice visit the Neighbourhood and Home Watch website:- http://www.ourwatch.org.uk
* According to research by Halifax Home Insurance.