What Is Lock Snapping And How Do I Prevent It?

3 LOCK SNAPPING Secrets You Never Knew

Lock snapping is something you should be aware of. Most people only ever learn about it when its too late. This article will give you some info on snapping and how you can protect your home from attacks.


Oh no! You have been burgled… Impossible! You have a perfectly good, solid lock on your door…

But after a crafty bugler has been on the premises, the lock is now in pieces on the floor and the door is ajar. Your furniture is scattered and disheveled, all your expensive belongings are gone! Its your worst nightmare. How did they do it? How did they defeat it? We can show you how and exactly what you need to do to stop it from happening.

How often does it happen?

Lock snapping

There where 138 burglaries reported to South Wales Police in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot this time last year and 112 reported in December. Many of which remain unsolved due to insufficient evidence. You can get a more detailed look at your area here. The good news is that since the introduction of the anti snap cylinder almost a decade ago, reports of burglaries using this method and burglaries in general have gone down. We do not know what percentage of these burglaries were victims of lock snapping but its likely to be high.

What exactly is lock snapping?

A euro cylinder has a weak point at the center. Using household tools and the right knowledge it can be snapped in half leaving the internal locking mechanism exposed allowing trespassers access.

lock snapping

The classic euro cylinder lock is found in most UK homes that have wooden, composite or Upvc doors. So there are plenty of doors for criminals to choose from.

How can I protect myself against it?

Due to the rise in snapping, the security industry has come up with a solution that stops burglars in there tracks. The anti snap euro cylinder is what you are looking for. It is designed to break away from the lock body early leaving the lock center intact and keeping the door locked and keeping you and your belongings safe and secure.

Lock snapping

Check to see if you are susceptible to snapping yourself by checking how far the cylinder sticks out on the outside of the door. Ideally you want the cylinder to be flush with handle. You dont want to give criminals anything they can grab hold of. Below is an example of what you want to avoid.



Lock snapping
lock snapping

As you can see in the first picture, there is not a lot of surface for anything to grip onto. Go and check your home for these vulnerabilities and see if you need anti snap locks fitted. Maybe you have anti snap locks but they are not fitted correctly?

If you are not sure what type of lock you have then check out our article on common locks and how to identify them here. 

Email us at [email protected] and we can answer any questions about your security.

Champs Locksmiths Swansea can supply and fit insurance approved anti snap euro cylinders to your vulnerable doors. Get in touch via our contact us page.

We cover Swansea, Neath, Llanelli and Port Talbot and everywhere in between as we are based in Swansea.  Call today for a free estimate – 01792 732932 or 07825305327

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