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    Vital Information Missing from BBC Watchdog Programme on the Subject of Lock Snapping

    You may have seen the episode of Watchdog Test House that aired on BBC One on Thursday 13th Mar 2014 (it was Episode 4). It dealt with the issue of lock snapping. Unfortunately there was some vital information that didn’t make the final cut which we believe is vital for the public to know in order to protect themselves against this method some criminals are using for breaking in to homes.


    What Lock Do I need to Prevent Lock Snapping?

    If you’re going for a TS007 approved lock to combat lock snapping then it has to be a 3* approved lock. Whilst there is another way (using a 2*handle or escutcheon and a 1* cylinder, or the preferred option of utilising a Sold Secure Diamond approved cylinder) if you want to go the cylinder only route (which was the route the programme was going) then it has to be a 3*. 

    No Mention of The Star Rating

    There was unfortunately no mention of this star rating on the programme (although there was a picture shown of some alleged 3 star approved cylinders) so we felt it was something that had to be addressed, and have contacted the programme makers to highlight this. We can fully appreciate that when making a TV feature it’s impossible to include everything, especially with something as complex as testing and standards for locks, but as a 1 star cylinder has not been tested to protect against snapping, we felt it vital that this seemingly small, but actually vital, bit of information be highlighted.


    To find out more visit the Master Locksmith Associations website.

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