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Euro Cylinder Locks

Euro Cylinder locks are present on the majority of UPVC doors and we are aware that some offenders have developed a way of overcoming them to then gain access into a home. This type of burglary accounts for approximately 20-25% of all burglaries in West Yorkshire, but around 40% of these offences are failed attempts.
West Yorkshire Police have led on this issue nationally with colleagues at ACPO Secured by Design and industry/trade authorities such as the British Standards Institute, the Door & Hardware Federation and the Master Locksmiths Association. There are now ways that you can reduce the opportunity for a euro-cylinder burglary to take place at your home.
Two nationally recognised standards exist for cylinders:
• TS 007
• Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312)
TS 007 is accompanied by a star rating system – cylinders can either achieve a 1 or 3 star rating, with 3 stars providing the higher level of protection. Door handles are also tested to TS 007 standards and can achieve a 2 star rating.
West Yorkshire Police recommend that a 3 star solution is the minimum to achieve if you are upgrading your cylinders:
• The fitting of a cylinder achieving a 3 star rating is the preferred option given it provides the maximum level of security for a lock under the TS 007 testing process. However,
• 3 stars can also be achieved by fitting a 1 star cylinder in combination with a 2 star handle.
• Depending on your budget you could obviously achieve a 5 star solution too by the fitting of a 3 star cylinder in combination with a 2 star handle.
The star rating system has been designed to give you options depending on your personal circumstances and existing security.
Cylinders achieving the Sold Secure Diamond Standard (SS312) are also tested to the highest standards and this standard is recognised alongside TS 007 at a national level.

Top Tips:
1. Look to upgrade your cylinder locks to one’s that have either achieved a 3 star rating under TS 007 and/or the Sold Secure Diamond Standard (SS312). Some cylinders have achieved both. The Ultion lock has achieved both these ratings.
2. Enhanced security handles achieving a 2 star rating under TS 007 should also be considered. The handles we fit have achieved this rating.
3. You may also be able to fit sash jammers to your doors, which have also proven to prevent burglaries. We fit the best sash jammers available on the market.

Top Tips for Home Security

Poor quality locks are no barrier for most burglars. Upgrade your home security by upgrading to the nationally recognised standard .  Europal can fit Ultion Diamond Standard locks that also achieve 3 star rating at competitive prices  We can also fit Sash Jammers and Security Door Handles

Following our crime prevention tips below can help to secure your home and deter burglars:

Remember to lock your doors at night time – burglars will try several doors to find one that is unlocked.
Keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
Always remember to switch on your burglar alarm if you have one.
Keep valuables out of view – burglars will look through windows to see if there is anything worth stealing.
If you have a garage, use it to store your car – burglars will look at your car to judge whether to break in the house for the keys or whether your house might contain items they would want to steal.
Cancel the milk and newspapers when you go on holiday and find a trusted neighbour, friend or relative to move your post and open and close blinds and curtains.
Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.
Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.
Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.
Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise what is in your house.
Register your property on www.immobilise.com so that if it is stolen and recovered by the Police it can then be returned to you.
Download free tracking software onto mobile phones and laptops.

This is the latest information provided by West Yorkshire Police

Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing – that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign.

The campaign aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary, as this can be both emotional and financial.

Being burgled can be devastating for victims, not only is it upsetting and inconvenient to lose the items that you have worked hard to pay for, but it can also lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and the loss of treasured memories and personal items.

Burglars best friend

The 37p lock that’s a burglars best friend

FLIMSY door locks costing just a few pence are allowing burglars to plunder homes in Kirklees, West Yorkshire’s police chief has warned.
In the last year 320 homes in Kirklees have been targeted by thieves forcing open the cheap euro-profile locks on uPVC doors.

Sir Norman Bettison, chief constable for West Yorkshire Police, told the Examiner homes were at risk because it took just a matter of seconds to disable the locks.

He said police had not wanted to draw attention to the issue up to now because they did not want to alert criminals to the security weakness.

But he said the practice was becoming so commonplace that the public needed to be warned.

Burglars use a simple tool to smash the euro-profile design cylinder, which often controls sophisticated locking systems on double glazed doors.

Sir Norman said: The level of burglaries is worrying and our analysis shows a significant proportion of it, about one in four of all burglaries in West Yorkshire, is because of cheap euro-profile locks, which are used extensively in uPVC doors.

“They cost constructor’s 37p each, so you are protecting your £100,000-plus house with a 37p lock.

“Young burglars have realised how easy it is to attack these locks.

“We haven’t talked about this because we didn’t want to give potential burglars any ideas they didn’t already have, but we have now said we need to take a strategic position because it is widely known about within the criminal fraternity.

“The general householder isn’t aware of the vulnerability of the locks.

“I’m now wanting to raise the consciousness of the general public about his as a problem.”

Burglars who target euro-profile locks are very often intent on stealing top-of-the-range cars.

Sir Norman said: “If you have an expensive car parked on your drive, people intent on stealing it know the easiest way to do it is to look through the window and, if they see the keys on display, they can easily remove the lock and go and get it.

“If there are laptops and other valuables on display, the euro-profile lock is not a deterrent.”

Burglaries have risen in Kirklees, leading to it being made a policing priority in the division.

In the last six months, there were 1,606 house burglaries in the district. That was 6.4% more than during the same period last year and more than 50% more than in the same period in 2005, when there were 1,047.

Incidents in which euro-profile locks have been forced open have contributed to the rise.

Sir Norman said: “The locks should be changed for more secure locks and social housing providers are changing them, but private householders need to be aware that the euro-profile locks are very vulnerable.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “It is difficult for a householder to tell what sort of lock is fitted but the general advice is that if you have an older uPVC door, it would be worthwhile getting the door checked by a reputable firm.”

According to police, nearly a quarter of burglaries in Kirklees in the last year were the result of houses being left insecure – with the door unlocked or windows open.

They advise householders to keep doors locked even when they are at home and leave lights on when they are out.

Hundreds of Huddersfield homes are at risk because of a design weakness in a lock.

Now the region’s top cop has warned of a crime wave across Kirklees, to alert the public.

Sir Norman Bettison revealed that more than 300 homes were burgled in a year by thieves smashing the euro-profile cylinder locks, fitted to uPVC doors, often for as little as 37p.

Details had been kept hidden but Sir Norman said: “We haven’t talked about this because we didn’t want to give potential burglars any ideas they didn’t already have. Householders need to be aware that the euro-profile locks are very vulnerable.”

Published Date: 3rd November 2009
By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner