Police Advice

Euro Cylinder Burglary Developments in West Yorkshire

 

 

Domestic Burglary fell in West Yorkshire during 2010-11 and continues to show improvements during 2011-12 to date.  However, it is vitally important that we continue to do all we can to prevent burglary and reduce opportunities for offenders to potentially gain entry to our homes.

Over the last few years West Yorkshire Police has released various pieces of advice in relation to euro-cylinder burglary and the vulnerabilities of certain types of locks.  Our own analysis and crime recording processes, as well as information provided to us by other organisations, highlighted an issue with certain locks.  This issue could only be dealt with at a national level.  However, it must be noted that 40% of euro-cylinder offences during the 2010-11 period were in fact attempts and no entry was gained by the offender.

West Yorkshire Police have been proactive in dealing with this issue, in order to ensure that euro-cylinder locks are tested as robustly as possible prior to coming to market.  Unfortunately, the techniques used by offenders evolve and testing methods need to evolve with them, which is why West Yorkshire Police took the proactive stance in making such a request.

The request made by the Force has been positively supported at a national level by several industry organisations.  ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Secured by Design, the British Standards Institute, the Door & Hardware Federation and the Glass & Glazing Federation have all been instrumental in driving the change to testing methods and have been extremely supportive in addressing the concerns of West Yorkshire Police.  As a result of this, a new testing process and standard has been introduced for euro-cylinder locks – TS 007.

The introduction of TS 007 is a significant step forward in addressing the vulnerability associated with this type of crime.  Protective handles and hardware will also be tested to TS 007 standards.  Manufacturers are currently designing products to be put forward for testing and it is envisaged that this will be conducted in the very near future.  West Yorkshire Police will release further information on TS 007 when products have been tested and are due to come to market.  This will advise you on what to look out for if you are thinking of upgrading your locks/protective handles to TS 007 standards.

Another positive development in the testing of euro-cylinder locks is the introduction of the Sold Secure ‘Diamond’ test by the Master Locksmiths Association.  The ‘Diamond’ test is recognised at a national level and mirrors techniques applied by offenders during the testing process.  Products have been tested against this standard and some locks have passed it. For more information on the Sold Secure 'Diamond' test for lock cylinders visit www.locksmiths.co.uk

The lock on your door is one aspect of domestic security and there are many other things that you can also look at to assist in preventing burglary, some of which will be free from charge.  The security around your home starts at the perimeter of your property and then ranges from having security lighting to removing valuables /attractive items out of sight.  Approximately 1 in 4 burglaries in West Yorkshire are committed via an unlocked door or window, so one of the most important steps to prevent your home from being burgled is to always remember to lock them.

For more advice on euro-cylinder locks and general security around your home, please contact your local Crime Reduction Officer who will be able to provide you with the appropriate advice for your particular circumstances.  You can do this by dialling our non-emergency number 101 and asking to be put through to local Crime Reduction Officer for your area.

More information from Police forces:

http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/help-advice/crime-prevention/your-home/burglary/euro-cylinder

 South Yorkshire Police Euro Cylinder Leaflet (designed and distributed by South Yorkshire Police)

http://www.lincs.police.uk/Advice/Crime-Reduction-Advice/Police-Advice-on-Lock-Snapping.html

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