When it comes to your home, safety is going to be one of your biggest concerns when installing any new features. After all, everyone wants to keep their loved ones and their important possessions safe.
You may think that having a lock on your door means your home is protected, but did you know that traditional locks are vulnerable to various lock opening techniques used by burglars? Lock picking, lock bumping, and lock snapping are some common methods used by intruders to gain access. That’s why we recommend upgrading to a door with 3-star cylinder locks.
What is lock picking, lock bumping, and lock snapping?
These are commonly used techniques that are designed to force entry into a building.
When lock picking, burglars, equipped with tension wrenches and finely crafted picks, manipulate the pins within the lock. By applying the right amount of pressure and carefully adjusting the pins, they can emulate the action of a genuine key, turning the cylinder and gaining entry. Worryingly, many intruders invest time mastering lock picking, making it a common and concerning threat to traditional locks.
With a specially designed bump key, burglars can exploit the inherent design flaws of standard locks. The key, when struck with a blunt force, jolts or bumps (hence the name!) the pins within the lock, causing them to jump erratically. This rapid movement allows the intruder to turn the cylinder effortlessly, granting access without leaving any visible damage. Lock bumping is not only quick but also incredibly difficult to detect, making it a popular method among burglars looking for discreet entry points.
Perhaps the most alarming of these techniques is lock snapping, a method that showcases the vulnerability of many conventional locks. In lock snapping, burglars use minimal force and specialised tools to literally snap the lock cylinder in half. This technique exploits a weak point in the lock’s design, rendering it useless within seconds. Once the cylinder is broken, the door can be easily opened, providing intruders with swift access to the property. Lock snapping is shockingly efficient, allowing burglars to bypass the most critical component of a lock—the cylinder—without any sophisticated skills or even much effort.
So, what’s the solution to these problems? 3-star cylinder locks!
3-star cylinder locks are the most secure on the market thanks to the fact that they come equipped with advanced features that thwart the most common break-in methods. These features include:
3 star cylinder locks are designed with anti-pick mechanisms, making it incredibly difficult for even the most skilled lock picker to manipulate the pins successfully. The internal components are engineered to withstand manipulation attempts, ensuring your lock remains impenetrable.
To combat lock bumping, 3-star cylinder locks incorporate anti-bump features. These include specially designed pin configurations and materials that absorb the impact of bumping attempts, preventing the pins from jumping and the lock from turning. This clever feature ensures that your lock stays secure even when subjected to bumping attempts.
Lock snapping is a particularly concerning threat due to its speed and simplicity. However, 3-star cylinder locks are built with anti-snap protection. The lock’s design includes sacrificial sections that, even if snapped, leave the core of the lock intact and functional. This means that even if a burglar attempts to break the lock, they won’t gain entry, providing you with an added layer of security and peace of mind.
Ready to upgrade to doors with 3-star cylinder locks? Fill in the form on our contact page and a member of our experienced team will get in touch for a friendly no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can contact us on 0121 477 9799.