TIM DREW: Beating the issue of lock-snapping

A NEW type of lock designed to counter lock-snapping is on the market – and it is manufactured by a new Neighbourhood Watch sponsor.

Snapping euro-cylinder locks, which are fitted as standard in all uPVC and other double-glazed doors, is a method of entry being increasingly adopted by burglars. In December, 2012, West Yorkshire Police revealed that 27 per cent of burglaries in the region had been committed in this way.

The reason is the euro-cylinder lock has a design flaw that makes it easy to snap and breach the locking mechanism.

Avocet Hardware’s ABS Snap Secure lock is specifically designed to obviate this problem and features a patented system that guarantees a complete barrier against forced entry, even if the lock is snapped.

Avocet has worked with the police to develop this lock, which has become the highest accredited and proven way of upgrading door security.

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, a police flagship initiative.

The British Standard was developed by the Door and Hardware Federation, the Glass and Glazing Federation and the British Standards Institute in response to the rise in lock-snapping, while SS312 Sold Secure Diamond is a Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) accreditation. Further information on ABS locks is available online, at www.homesecurityandsafety.co.uk

Alternatively, Avocet can be contacted on 01484 725725.

PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will be holding her surgery on Thursday, June 13, between 11am-midday at the Bowling Club in Pavilion Road, Worthing, as will PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) the next day, at The Clubhouse in Palatine Park, Palatine Road, Worthing, between 3pm-4pm.

A Neighbourhood Panel meeting for Central Ward will be held on Wednesday at the Ardington Hotel, in Chatsworth Road, Worthing, between 6pm-7.30pm.