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  • Avocet ABS snaps to it on door security

    A BRIGHOUSE company took its lock-snapping message to the Houses of Parliament with a presentation to guests and winners at the annual Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network Awards.

    Lock-snapping is a form of forced entry that takes advantage of a design flaw in the Euro cylinder lock fitted which is fitted as standard in millions of UK homes.

    Avocet Hardware, based at Brookfoot Mills, is using its year as the network’s primary sponsor for security products to highlight the scale of the problem and what can be done to stamp it out.

    Marketing manager Derrick Purvis (pictured) used the presentation to urge the UK insurance industry to act quickly to recognise lock-snapping, which he said was already a significant problem that would only worsen without “proper recognition and action”.

     

    He said: “We call on them to recognise lock-snapping as a means of forced entry, pass on premium savings to customers whose homes are secured with snap proof locks and ensure that any claimants have snapped locked replaced with snap proof models.”

    Organisations taking action to tackle lock-snapping include the Glass & Glazing Federation, the Master Locksmiths Association, the UK Police’s Secured by Design initiative and the British Standards Institute, which has developed new standard BS TS007.

    Mr Purvis also drew attention to the work of Leeds City Council, which fitted more than 10,000 of Avocet’s ABS snap secure locks in the year to October 2012 – resulting in a 36% decrease in burglaries in the area.

    He said: “This 36% reduction in burglary in Leeds equated to 3,200 fewer victims in just one year – an astonishing statistic when you consider this is for just one area of one city.

    “If the insurance companies were to act, this kind of activity could be replicated on a national scale and the potential reduction in burglaries would be staggering.

    “What’s more millions would be saved in police time, insurance payments and, most importantly, the emotional cost inflicted on victims of burglary.”

    Avocet Hardware manufactures the ABS snap secure lock, which features a patented system that ensures the central cam locks in place if it is subjected to a snapping attack.

    It is one of the first locks of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007, is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the new SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard and is approved by Secured by Design.

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