Why Police Are Advising Home Owners to Upgrade to Anti Snap Door Locks

Following an increase in break-ins across the UK, Police are advising householders to consider upgrading their euro-cylinder locks to anti snap door looks to help improve their home security.

Whilst euro-cylinder locks are widely used, especially in uPVC doors, Police have noticed trends in home break-ins and have found that burglars have found weaknesses in this style of lock, putting home owners at risk. Using only basic household tools, burglars can gain access to homes in only a few minutes by using a lock snapping technique.

What is lock snapping?

Lock or cylinder ‘snapping’ is an increasingly commonly method using by burglars to break into a property. In recent years, we have seen the number of burglaries using this method of entry rising by 25%, and more than 30% in some areas.

The lock snapping technique requires a person to use the right amount of force to snap a euro-cylinder in two, removing the outside part of the cylinder and leaving the inner locking mechanism exposed. Once exposed, it is easy for burglars to tamper with the lock and open a door.

While many doors have multi-locking points, it’s important for householders to understand that all locking points are operated by the same cylinder, so a door fitted with a euro-cylinder lock is vulnerable no matter how many locking points it has. The cylinder is the weakest part of a door’s locking system, so once it is snapped and compromised, then all other locking points are completely ineffective.

How anti snap door locks prevent burglaries

Whilst standard euro-cylinders are vulnerable, they can easily be replaced with anti snap locks. These locks are designed specifically to prevent burglars to break in by using the lock snapping technique and therefore make it much more difficult for intruders to break and enter.

Anti snap locks are designed to have two parts, split by a barrier. The first section is designed to snap off in a controlled way, should it be attacked with force. This gives a burglar less cylinder to work with, making a break-in much more difficult.

Even when the first section of an anti-snap lock is compromised, the hardened reinforced bar separating the two sections prevents access to the inner locking mechanisms, defeating the vast majority of intruders. Some anti snap locks have as many as 11 pins, more than twice the level of protection that other locks provide.

 Upgrading your locks

Whilst householders can upgrade their euro-cylinder locks for anti-snap door locks themselves, to ensure maximum home security, it is advisable to call a locksmith. As locksmiths are trained and experienced in replacing and upgrading locks, you can rest assured that your home is secure by trusting a professional to install anti snap locks in your exterior doors. In most cases, new locks can be installed in as little as 10 minutes.

If you are in need of a locksmith in the West Midlands, please contact Chubb Locksmiths by calling 0121 353 3644. For more information about anti-snap locks, visit