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UAP TradeLocks back Police campaign to rid country of lock snapping
A leading door security expert is backing a campaign from West Yorkshire Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers urging homeowners to check the quality of their locks.
As BBC Yorkshire's Inside Out focused on just how vulnerable locks can be and official police figures reveal 27% of all burglaries across England involve lock snapping on euro cylinders, UAP TradeLocks say that creating an awareness of the problem, both publically and within the industry, is the key to preventing more attacks on homes.
West Yorkshire Police are already urging residents to seek advice and UAP's Sales Director Chris Pankhurst is calling for the rest of the UK to do the same.
Mr Pankhurst, who has worked within the security industry for many years, says that due to the fact that 'safe' cylinders are often unaffordable for many companies who make uPVC and other popular types of entrance doors, they will often fit the cheapest locks they can to cut costs.
Unfortunately, these are the same locks that can be easily snapped, bumped or picked creating a greater cost to the homeowner.
The Manchester-based company has been campaigning to improve the industry from the outset and have long led the fight against the 'bump key' with their 'Ban the Bump Key campaign.'
Mr Pankhurst explains: "There are now to major vulnerabilities that the BBC programme has exposed to a large audience. It is a fact that lock snapping is a very serious and common problem, but it is one which all homeowners can be easily protected from quickly and cheaply.
"Yet millions of households across the country still rely on very vulnerable locks to defend their properties. Often this is simply down to the fact that they are not aware of the dangers so creating a greater awareness, both publically and in the industry, is something we are very passionate about."
UAP TradeLocks recently developed what they consider to be the strongest defense against this type of lock snapping burglary - the UAP+ Zero Lift Kitemark Cylinder, which offers a range of enhanced security features. At the same time they have worked to offer the highest level of safety at a low-cost.
Chris continues: "Lock snapping burglaries are opportunistic and to combat it I would advise fitting a UAP+ Zero Lift Kitemark Cylinder. It's quick and easy to install, and has extra security features in addition to anti-snap such as anti-bump, anti-pick and anti-drill.
"The entire UAP+ Zero Lift Cylinder range has been awarded the British Standard Kitemark, one of the most recognised quality and safety symbols in the world, and has been approved by the police accredited scheme 'Secured by Design'."
To find out more about UAP TradeLocks and their range of security products please contact the sales team on 0161 796 7268 or visit:
14th March 2012