Lock Snapping – What It Is and How to Protect Yourself

What is lock snapping?

One of the top concerns for homeowners is protection against burglars breaking into their homes. Many turn to high-security locks and deadbolts, but they may not realise that there is a new threat on the rise: lock snapping.

This method involves breaking the cylinder within a door lock, allowing the burglar to easily manipulate and unlock the door. Even multi-point locking systems can be vulnerable, as they also rely on a cylinder mechanism.

Some sources say lock-snapping could account for as much as one in four break-ins to homes around the UK.

How to protect against lock snapping

So what can you do to protect yourself against lock snapping? One solution is to reinforce your cylinders with anti-snap technology. Another option is to invest in high-security locks with protective sleeves surrounding the cylinder.

Don’t assume that just because you have a traditional lock, you are safe from this increasingly common method of illegal entry. Stay informed and make sure your home security measures are up to date.

How to tell if your locks are anti-snap

When it comes to protecting your home from a potential break-in, investing in an anti-snap lock is a smart decision. But how can you tell if the lock on your doors is anti-snap or not?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way for a layperson to determine this just by looking at the lock itself. Some newer locks may have markings indicating their anti-snap capabilities, but even if your lock has the BS kitemark, this doesn’t guarantee its effectiveness against snap attacks.

Your best bet is to remove the lock casing and look for evidence of snap lines, which indicate the presence of anti-snap technology. If you are purchasing new locks, it’s important to confirm with the locksmith or retailer that they have anti-snap features.

Get a professional to help

If you are thinking about the safety and security of your home, nothing should be left to chance. That’s why, when it comes to existing locks on your doors, it’s always best to have a professional locksmith give them a thorough inspection.

Not only can they assess whether or not the lock has anti-snap features, but they can also replace any old or inadequate locks with newer models that offer added protection against thieves.

They can also ensure that the cylinder doesn’t protrude from the door casing, which can make it even easier for criminals to snap the lock in half.

Don’t leave something as important as your home’s security up to just any DIY solution – trust a trained professional locksmith to keep you and your loved ones safe.


Mark is the owner of Security Masters Limited, a family run locksmith and security installation business in London. Security Masters has been in business for almost 40 years. We are full members of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA). We undertake home security installations and commercial security installations. We also have the ability to deliver our services Nationwide with our 120 plus approved associated locksmiths, all working to an agreed program and pricing structure.