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Posted on 27 Oct, 2017 in Blog, Locksmiths |

What is Lock Snapping?

While many portrayals of burglary in media involve the delicate art of lockpicking, over 25% of burglaries in the UK are committed via lock snapping. Lock snapping is comparatively louder and more conspicuous than lockpicking, but it allows the burglar to get inside fast.

Lock snapping is done by breaking a particular type of lock (cylinder lock) in two, so that the locking mechanism is exposed and can be manipulated with common tools. Many locks can be broken with a decent pair of pliers or an adjustable spanner. It’s a quick and remarkably effective way of breaking in to a home.

Most homes in the UK have locks that are vulnerable to lock snapping. Thankfully, it’s possible to get locks that can resist lock-snapping, but not by resisting the snap itself. These anti-lock snapping locks are built to snap before the vulnerable locking mechanism, preventing easy access to the mechanism and usually thwarting any attempted burglary.

It should be noted that there are some misconceptions about lock snapping. Many think that if the lock doesn’t protrude out of the handle and its frame, you’re safe. The reality is that burglars will usually rip off the handle frame before going for the lock. Also, some of the cheaper snap-resistant locks can actually snap in the centre rather than the ‘sacrificial’ section on the tip of the lock, so choose wisely.

If you want to keep your home safe from brute-force attempts like lock snapping, investing in good snap-resistant locks is highly recommended. MJS Locksmiths offer services for residential and commercial buildings in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Country Durham: homeowners with a broken front door lock, businesses with malfunctioning uPVC locks, emergency boarding for shattered windows, all within 24 hours of calling.

For help call MJS Locksmiths on 01325 482692

MJS Locksmiths provides Locksmith services throughout Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough and Durham.