ABS Snap Secure Cylinder Locks

abswhite_header1000_r2_c1 The majority of UK homes can be broken into in less than a minute

Burglars have discovered what the locksmith and hardware industry have known for years. It doesn’t matter how many hook or dead bolts you have on your door, the weak point is the cylinder lock. Due to inherent weakpoints in the door cylinder lock, having little material to give robust strength and the screw fixing enhancing this weakness, using simple tools, a burglar can “snap” the cylinder and gain access to the door mechanism and open the door.

In as little as 20 seconds, a burglar can gain entry with very little noise.


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My door lock is the latest in security with lots of locking points such as hooks and a large deadbolt. Will it be secure?

It doesn’t matter how many hooks and deadbolts you have. It’s all down to the Snap Security of the Euro Cylinder. Once the cylinder has been snapped the other secondary security devices are useless as the door can be opended within seconds.

My Euro Cylinder has a British Kite mark will it be snap secure?

The British Kite mark Standard BS EN 1303: 2005 does not cover Snap Resistance. Only the sold secure diamond and BSI TS007:2011 3 star accreditations mean that the euro cylinder is snap secure without the need for additional security handles or cylinder guards.

How do I specify which cylinder I require?

Remove your existing cylinder, taking note of which is the internal (indoors) end and which is the external (outdoors) end. When you have removed the cylinder, click here to specify and buy your cylinders.

My Euro Cylinder has sacrificial sections to stop snapping attacks.

Snap off sections will slow down the attack, but only by a couple of seconds. cylinders with snap lines can be attacked again beyond the shear line again revealing the CAM – giving access. Only the snap secure locking CAM of the ABS lock can provide a total block to the locking mechanism.
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