What is “lock snapping”?
As the title would suggest, this is where the lock cylinder is literally snapped in two by applying force to the cylinder. Thieves have devised methods of snapping these types of cylinders locks in a matter of seconds and still be able to operate the lock to open the door. This threat can be considerably reduced simply by upgrading the cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent this method of attack. We recommend that all vulnerable doors using Euro-Profile cylinders be upgraded to incorporate ‘Break Secure’ cylinders.
Euro cylinders are mainly fitted to uPVC doors but some aluminium and wooden doors also use this type of lock. Both the BBC and Yorkshire Police are working to raise public awareness of the vulnerabilities of cheaper quality cylinders. Some useful advice can be found on North Yorkshire Police’s website.