All About Locks
October 9, 2014
Criminals are always on the lookout for new techniques to breach the security of existing locks, ensuring a constant need for manufacturers to invest in innovative new products, designed to keep UK homes protected from the risk of crime.
Home owners seeking a solution to protect their homes should check the level of protection offered by their current locks and ensure they meet the requirements of their insurance policy. Sadly it is all too common for outdated locks to be installed, invalidating the insurance policy, which ultimately results in a claim being rejected.
It is not possible to totally eliminate crime, but there are steps that consumers can take to improve security and protect their homes. Upgrading to a British Standard lock will add security and reduce the risk of crime. The kitemark, which is stamped on the lock, will act as a visual deterrent and discourage thieves. Upgrading your locks might even reduce your insurance premium.
The popular uPVC or Composite doors now seen on many UK homes incorporate a lock cylinder and these are the cause of many of the problems. By applying pressure to a specific point a burglar can snap and then remove the cylinder allowing easy access to a property.
According to Police reports “lock snapping” is thought to account for up to a quarter of all burglaries in some parts of the UK and although recent news and TV coverage has increased consumer awareness, many home owners are still vastly under protected.
A new Police approved Kitemark standard launched last year called TS007, offers a three star rating to show the level of protection a cylinder can offer. TS007 Kitemarked cylinders are snap, drill, pick and bump resistant and form a very high level of security.
On front or back doors that are fitted with a mortice lock, they should have at least 5 levers and be approved to British Standard BS3621 to offer the maximum level of security. Mortice locks that comply with British Standard BS3621 incorporate a 20mm bolt projection including hardened steel rollers to resist hacksawing and hardened steel plates to resist drilling.
Although taking these steps will meet your insurer’s guidelines they cannot prevent attack. A criminal will always look for the easiest target and upgrading your locks will hopefully ensure they move on to someone else.