Lock alert after burglaries

HOUSEHOLDERS in West Yorkshire are being urged to step up security and change the type of lock used in their uPVC doors.

HOUSEHOLDERS in West Yorkshire are being urged to step up security and change the type of lock used in their uPVC doors.

Police in the county have issued an appeal for householders to get their existing models checked and replaced after a spate of burglaries.

The advice follows an increase in break-ins where vulnerable and cheap 'Euro-profile' locks have been easily forced by burglars using a simple tool to smash the lock.

Around one in four burglaries in West Yorkshire involves the Euro-profile locks, which are extensively used in uPVC doors, particularly older ones.

Neil Goldup, chief executive of CASAC – Community Action and Support Against Crime – said: "January is a bumper month for burglars and many people just don't realise how vulnerable they are if they have these locks fitted.

"It's incredibly easy for criminals to gain entry once they realise what type of lock is in the door.

"But we offer a free service across most of West Yorkshire to check a property and we have new fully-tested Eurocylinder locks which are guaranteed to be unbreakable."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed: "There has been an upsurge in 'Euro-profile' lock snap burglaries across the whole county.

More than 20 per cent of house burglaries in the Kirklees division have been committed by offenders breaking such locks on UPVC doors."

More information about the service provided by CASAC is on 0113 380 5644.

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