Recent news reports in the UK have revealed a rise in the number of burglaries committed using a technique known as lock-snapping. This technique is used by burglars to gain entry to a home or property. The method comprises of the face plate of the handle being torn upwards, so the protruding lock is easier to grip. The lock is then forced side to side until it snaps. This usually takes just seconds. After that, the front door can be simply unlocked with the use of a screwdriver. The technique has become increasingly popular among criminals due to the ease and swiftness of the method. Very few locks are protected against it – special anti-snap locks are available but rarely supplied as standard. Even these are not entirely protected, they just require more time and effort to snap. Euro cylinder front door locks, often supplied with composite doors and uPVC doors, are particularly targeted, although whether it is due to the ease of snapping or due to the commoness of the lock, it is hard to say.
The front door and lock industry are working with police to create a new standard of locks to help prevent the widespread problem. Luckily some front door suppliers are already coming up with solutions, such as the Composite Door Shop, who supply doors with thick, solid handle face plates, making it incredibly difficult for any attacker to bend it back to reach the lock. The face plate also partially covers the lock, so the criminal has no way of getting a grip on the lock without first removing the face plate. This is just one advantage of many of choosing a composite front door to protect your home.