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  • Avocet urges homeowners to protect against lock snapping this Woe-vember!

    According to a recent report by LV= home insurance, November is the worst month of the year for break-ins – a statistic that has led to Avocet Hardware’s Raymond Pearce calling on homeowners to protect themselves against burglaries in much the same way they do against the flu.

    “A home in the UK is burgled every two minutes during November, but a quick and easy lock replacement could not only end this month of woe, but ensure houses are protected all year round,” said Raymond, who was recently appointed as Avocet’s new head of UK sales for its ABS snap-secure lock system.

    “The LV= report shows what so many of us, both in the industry and amongst the general public, already knew and that is that the start of winter often sparks a rush of burglaries, with thieves taking advantage of home security weaknesses that have developed during the summer months.

    “And this year, more than ever before, lock-snapping will feature highly as a means of forced entry during the dark months ahead, but a quick, simple and cost-effective lock change would stop the lock-snappers in their tracks.

    “The effectiveness of our Sold Secure Diamond standard snap-secure lock has been proven time and time again – not least in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where its introduction into 10,000 homes led to a 36 per cent reduction in break-ins in just one year.”

    The issue of lock snapping is finally making the waves it should in the national media. Beat the Burglar presenter, Michael Fraser highlighted the issue on ITV’s This Morning on October 31st (Visit to view). Although it’s worth noting that experts at the MLA issued a standard in 2010 known as SS312 Sold Secure Diamond – the only absolute guarantee that a lock will be effective against lock-snapping. Details can be found on the Master Locksmiths Association’s website – visit to view.

    To ensure the message and correct information is communicated, Avocet has put in place a team that is able to provide on the ground support and lock-snapping education sessions at NHWN meetings and events across the country.

    “We are more than happy to attend any NHWN meetings or events in order to demonstrate the lock-snapping issue and the effectiveness of our Sold Secure Diamond guaranteed ABS solution,” added Raymond. “And, where possible, we’ll bring a local locksmith along who will be able to provide non-biased advice about the issue and the different solutions available.”

    Avocet’s ABS Snap Secure lock features a patented system that provides a total barrier against forced entry, even if the lock is snapped. And what’s more it also allows the door to still be opened and locked using the key from the inside. It was one of the first locks of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007 (three stars), and is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the Master Locksmith Associations robust SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard.

    “The aim of the flu jab is to prevent people getting the flu and by fitting ABS Sold Secure Diamond rated snap-secure locks people are taking a major step in preventing themselves being burgled – and surely when it comes to burglary, prevention has to be better than cure?” concluded Raymond.

    For further information on lock-snapping and the steps that can be taken to prevent it call 01484 725 601
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