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Published on May 10th, 2010 | by James Clarke

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Featured: Home security advice from Locks Around the Clock

I watched the ‘Beat The Burglar’ video from West Midlands Police that WV11 recently posted and thought their points were very good indeed, but could not believe they missed this one out.  It’s a little hard to explain, but this problem affects all locks of the type that fit into double glazed doors, and it is scary how insecure some of them are.

You may have seen recent reports on television news or in the newspapers of a weakness in the locks on UPVC doors. The weakness is currently being exploited by burglars in some areas of the UK.

This is a problem which is growing around the country.  Various methods are used by the burglars using simple everyday tools, allowing them to exploit an inherent flaw in the design of these Euro Profile Cylinders. The cylinders can be overcome in a matter of seconds.

The lock in question is not of any particular make, but is the type of lock fitted to the majority of UPVC, PVCu and some wooden doors throughout the world, it is commonly known as a Euro Profile Cylinder. It is the part which provides the key operation to the multi-point locking mechanism fitted to the door. No matter how secure or elaborate the multi-point locking mechanism is, if the cylinder is compromised the multi-point lock can be opened in seconds without difficulty.

How to check if you are affected:

If you have a double glazed door and your lock cylinder sticks out further than a few millimetres past the handle, it needs to be checked out.

I will gladly come and give a free no obligation security appraisal for WV11 readers, and the following prices also apply when mentioning WV11.co.uk:

Replacement Snap-Safe, anti pick, anti drill, anti bump Euro cylinder – £30
Door chain – £20
Door Viewer – £20

John Billau
Locks Around the Clock
01902 734270
07919 464274

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Co-founder of WV11.co.uk. I live in Wednesfield and am involved in various community groups and associations. I build websites and develop digital marketing strategies for a living. When not writing for WV11 or attending meetings I play drums in my band Arbor Lights. I think Wednesfield is a great place, with a great sense of community and it isn't given the credit it deserves. Hopefully WV11.co.uk goes some way to fixing this!



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