Professional lock specialist – providing secure solutions for over 15 years
Based in Sutton Coldfield, we can provide you with fast and reliable Break Secure XP Locks or ABS Locks fitting services across the West Midlands, whether you reside in Birmingham, Lichfield, Tamworth, Aldridge or surrounding areas.
We also offer national delivery of locks for self-installations.
Order ThumbTurn Locks, ABS Euro Cylinder Locks or Break Secure XP Locks from our online shop, to be delivered to your door wherever you are in the UK, and benefit of high-quality police-approved locks for £45 or less.
At Anti-Snap Locks, our mission is your security, which is why we strive to provide you with the best prices across the UK, without ever compromising on quality, as we believe security should not be a luxury.
As a Local Locksmith, our vision is impeccable and timely service at any time, which is why we also offer Emergency Locksmith Services with a response time of less than 1 hour in the Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham areas if you are ever locked out or need your locks changed promptly.
What is lock snapping / cylinder snapping?
Burglars have discovered what the locksmith and hardware industry have known for years. It doesn’t matter how many hook or dead bolts you have on your door, the weak point is the cylinder lock.
Due to inherent weakpoints in the door cylinder lock, having little material to give robust strength and the screw fixing enhancing this weakness, using simple tools, a burglar can “snap” the cylinder and gain access to the door mechanism and open the door – in seconds!
You may ask why you are not aware of this already? In the past the police have not recorded the means of forced entry and so the method has been largely kept a secret but with easy access to information via the internet the “lock snappng” method has been on a steady increase since 2005. The recent Crime Survey for England and Wales (03/04 to 2012/13) identified that forced lock entries were still the most significant method of entry in incidents of burglary and that the front of the property is the most common point of entry. According to the DHF (Door Hardware Federation) there are 45 million residential entrance doors in the UK with more than half of these vulnerable to snapping and other methods of attack.
In 2010 new lock standards were being developed with leading manufacturers to test a lock euro cylinder lock against forced entry methods such as lock snapping. 2 standards have being released – TS007 (3 star rating system) which is used by the British Standards Institute to Kitemark against and the Sold Secure Diamond standard which was developed by the Master Locksmith Association. These standards are to be looked for when purchasing a Snap/Break Secure euro cylinder.
The Avocet ABS (Avocet Break Secure) lock is currently the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has reached the highest standard of them all – The sold secure diamond standard. The ABS lock is simply the best and quickest home security upgrade you can make to your home. The ABS lock provides the solution to lock snapping.
Kitemarked / Secured by Design products being sold today are not totally secure!
BSI Kitemark and Secured by Design are the most recognised badges of quality and security in the UK. Whilst we are extremely proud of our BSI Kitemark and Secured by Design accredititation, and the control that these badges add to a quality product, these standards today, test very effectively for bumping, picking and drilling, but do not adequately test for snapping of cylinders. Although moves are being made to address the situation.
Existing security standards were fine when they were instituted, but security is an evolving battle between criminals and technology. What was adequate in one age becomes inadequate in another, as criminals learn the weaknesses of existing hardware.
Furthermore, existing standards and standard tests are designed to be reproducible and give consistent results. This compromise means existing tests can lag behind real life risks. How closely should testing replicate real life? In putting more weight behind repeatability rather than replicating real life situations, standards become more elegant but less useful.Standard organisations and industry bodies resist tests where only one company or product can pass perhaps because they want homeowners to have a choice of product. Of equal importance to these organisations is the matter of funding which comes from companies who want their products endorsed by their standard. It is uneconomic to have standards only one or two firms can meet.
Other manufacturers state their cylinder achieves stringent BSI Kitemark™ test criteria and meets the police preferred specification requirements of Secured by Design, and that the Kitemark™ logo stamped on the face of the cylinder provides assurance to the consumer that the cylinder meets BSI requirements and also acts as a deterrent to potential intruders. Whilst the Kitemark offers confidence in manufacturing and quality process, and substantial testing to protect against bumping, picking and drilling (skilled Locksmith methods), it offers little protection against the unskilled method of the burglar – snapping!