Physical Security

Lock sponsor

by Mark Rowe

Lock snapping as a means of forced entry into homes is on the increase, but it’s a crime that can be easily beaten. So says Avocet Hardware, a sponsor of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network.

The West Yorkshire firm makes the ABS Snap Secure lock, which features a patented system that the firm says guarantees against lock snapping.

Michael Tuck, managing director of Avocet Hardware, said: “The rise in lock snapping is directly related to the increased use of uPVC and other double glazed doors, which are fitted as standard with a Euro cylinder lock that can be snapped and removed in a matter of seconds using nothing more than simple DIY tools.

“Our ABS Snap Secure lock has been designed specifically to prevent this crime. It is one of the first locks of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007 (three stars), is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the new SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard, and is approved by Secured by Design.”

Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, added: “As with any crime, prevention is always our goal, which is why we are delighted to have Avocet Hardware on-board as a primary sponsor.”

“The company has impressed us with its commitment to eradicating a criminal practice that is all too easy with a product that is proven to keep burglars at bay.”

This proof comes from a Leeds City Council initiative that began in 2010 and to date has seen 10,000 ABS Snap Secure locks installed in homes in East Leeds. This, alongside other police initiatives, has resulted in a 36 per cent drop in burglary rate in the year to October 2012 – a figure that equates to 3,200 fewer victims than the previous year.

“Switching to an ABS Snap Secure lock is a precautionary measure, but for those who wish to stop crime through prevention and have uPVC doors it simply must be done,” added Michael Tuck.

More information about ABS locks can be found at www.homesecurityandsafety.co.uk . Or call 01484 725725.

Pictured – Neighbourhood Watch and Avocet Hardware (left to right: Derrick Purvis (marketing manager, Avocet Hardware) Michael Tuck (managing director Avocet Hardware), Gemma Attiwell (national sales manager, ABS Secure), Jim Maddan (chairman, Neighbourhood Watch), Kate Daisley (operations director, Neighbourhood Watch)).

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