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28th October 2020 Issue no. 531

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Locks snapped in 6 out of 7 burglaries in Leeds

Information from West Yorkshire Police shows that lock snapping is now one of the most popular methods of forced entry. In an area of Leeds, in one week in May there were seven burglaries within close proximity to one another. In six of these incidents access was gained by snapping the Euro profile lock using mole grips or similar tools.

West Yorkshire Police also recently reported that 20% of house burglaries in the Kirklees Division were committed after burglars snapped the Euro profile locking barrels on PVC-U doors. As a result it has said it is essential that homeowners take steps to replace weak Euro profile locks with more secure locks. It recommended homeowners make their properties more secure by installing cylinders which meet Sold Secure Diamond Standard, which the high security ABS Snap Secure Cylinder has achieved.

Steve Stewart, Managing Director of ABS Secure, says:

"These figures show that lock snapping has become the preferred choice of entry for burglars. The problem is not restricted to West Yorkshire. It's becoming a UK-wide problem. Burglars have learnt the weakness of Euro profile locks and can easily break through in less than one minute leaving homes vulnerable. With this method of forced entry growing, homeowners need to think about how to make their home safer. At properties where the ABS Snap Secure Cylinder has been installed, burglars have found it impossible to break in. It's the most secure cylinder on the market. Because it can be retrofitted, it's a cost effective solution to increasing security and driving down crime."

Avocet Hardware plc
Brookfoot Mills
Elland Road

Tel: 01484 725725

Web: www.abs-secure.co.uk

6th July 2011

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