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 Lock Snapping

Can a thief break into your property in 9.2 SECONDS!

What is “lock snapping”


As the title would suggest, this is where the lock cylinder is literally snapped in two by applying force to the cylinder.

Thieves have devised methods of snapping these types of cylinder locks in a matter of seconds and once the cylinder is removed it is still possible to operate the mechanism and open the door.   

This threat can be stopped simply by upgrading the cylinder to a ULTION cylinder that is specifically designed to prevent this method of attack. We recommend that all vulnerable external doors using a Euro-Profile cylinder should be upgraded to a ULTION 3 Star  TS007 rated cylinder.

Euro cylinders are mainly fitted to plastic upvc doors but they can also be found in aluminium and even some wooden doors also use this type of lock

How is this possible!

 What should you do!

Protection against lock snapping is possible by fitting a ULTION cylinder.

However there are many products on the market that whilst being sold as “anti snap” or “snap resistant” in reality they offer very little or no resistance against attack for example, many locks that only have sacrificial cuts still break in the centre when force is applied.

The ULTION cylinder range incorporates a unique steel bar offering far greater resistance, incorrect selection of a product and / or poor fitting can seriously compromise the security of your door, many kite marked locks offer no protection against lock snapping.

We can advise on the best type of lock for your individual situation and also advise you if security devices are needed in other vulnerable areas such as patio doors, french doors and windows.


Frequently asked questions

Q - I paid £1200 for my new door and it has big hooks and bolts. Is it still secure?

A - It doesn’t matter how many hooks or bolts your door has, final locking is still controlled by the euro cylinder. Most new door manufacturers still fit cheap euro cylinders that offer no protection against snapping.

Q - My existing lock has a kite mark on it does this mean it’s secure?

A - Having a kite mark doesn't guarantee security! however a Kite mark does guarantee a product is made to a quality process but doesn’t guarantee security against snapping. Some kite marked products are snap resistant, again consult your locksmith for correct advice.

Q - I have a lock with sacrificial cuts does this mean I am secure?

A - Many cylinders with sacrificial cuts offer no resistance because they still snap in the centre first or they are merely snapped a second time.

Click the link below for information on the latest high security ULTION snap secure lock that is

Sold Secure Tested and carries the 3 Star TS007 Kitemark