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  • Lock Snapping in Birmingham

    Danny, property owner from Birmingham, experienced lock snapping first hand, he explains what happened in his own words.

    "I had a txt from my tenant that they had been burgled on Monday 24th October, about 2.30pm.They had got back to house after their early shift to find it had been turned upside down!

    They have had keys, laptops, digital cameras and jewellery all taken. Never a good time to be burgled but they go away Thursday on holiday for 20 days so an item like the camera will be missed!

    I inspected property later that week as I'm based in Worcester. Whilst speaking to the tenants over the phone I couldn't understand how they had forced entry to what I thought were really strong double glazed upvc French doors? I thought they can't have had them fully locked somehow and some ones tried their luck and prised them open!

    I was also thinking there would be major damage to my door frames but there is hardly any.

    I looked at the two lock cylinders that were snapped identically through the middle where locking screw goes into cylinder.


    My insurance company secured property with temporary cylinders before replacing new handles and locks but on a like for like basis. My tenants felt unsafe so i started to look online into more security for my French doors! This how I stumbled across the technique thieves are using called "lock snapping".

    It shows how to size your locks and replace them, although only on single door. So I phoned to enquire for help and advice about upgrading my locks to ABS and they were extremely helpful and told me how to replace the 2nd more difficult cylinder, how they do it regularly.

    I spoke to Steve who was very helpful and wasn't there just to sell me locks, they want everyone to know about these techniques that thieves are using as its not just up in Yorkshire where it's being report on television it's all over the UK. So for the sake of a cost which is probably less than your insurance excess I would recommend trying Euro Secure, otherwise you may be coming home to half a handle a lock in two pieces and most of your valuables gone!"

    Danny W., property owner in Erdington, Birmingham

    Original article can be seen here.

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