An innovative new anti-crime campaign in Leeds will lock out burglars for good and leave homeowners snap-happy, it is hoped.
CASAC (Community Action and Support Against Crime) has come up with an anti-burglary, anti-lock snapping device.
It follows a continuing spate of burglaries in the region where the culprits have tried to snap Euro Cylinder locks.
Although the upgraded cylinder locks are effective in stopping a burglar gaining access, they do not always discourage them from trying to snap the lock – and have to be recorded as an attempt break-in by the police.
And that’s contributing to West Yorkshire remaining statistically one of the highest burgled regions in the UK.
Neil Goldup, chief executive at CASAC told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The new lock has always been an excellent product to discourage lock-snapping attempts, but no organisation has been able to fit it to existing uPVC or composite doors, only if they are installed as new.
“We have found a technique that will allow us to reduce lock-snapping attempts significantly while enhancing door security.
“As with all door security upgrades fitted by CASAC, we have extensively tested the lock in our testing facility against know forms of lock attacks used by burglars.
“We now have a range of solutions to prevent lock snapping and make homes safe.
“The lock has also exceeded the police-endorsed testing standard for crime prevention products.”
CASAC, a not for profit organisation covering West Yorkshire, has developed a technique to remove the Euro Cylinder altogether on existing doors, replacing it with a cylinder-free lock which is called the Vectis.
This provides enhanced security by replacing the mechanism with a mortice type multi-point lever locking system.
The lock is considered a “secure and visible” deterrent because as there’s no cylinder, it means there is nothing for a burglar to attempt to snap.
CASAC is the first organisation that can fit the lock to existing doors.
For a free security assessment, or for more information, call 0845 5192122 or visit www.casac.org.uk.