Burglars love Christmas as the figures show.
Many older uPVC front doors have been fitted with barrel locks that are very easy to snap. Watch this video to see how it can be done in less than a minute by a burglar with no skill or special equipment.
How you can stop it
Fitting anti-snap barrel locks in older doors is a cheaper alternative to replacing the whole door with a brand new one. It will save you money in more ways than one by helping to prevent intruders breaking-in to your house as these types of break-ins have risen sharply in recent years.
How to fit an anti-snap lock yourself and save £100s
So, now you know how to avoid being a victim of lock-snapping. You can always get a locksmith in. Or you can save £100s by doing it yourself. Here’s a quick video to show you how. It’s actually surprisingly quick and easy.
How to choose the right lock
It’s important to get the right lock, so here is some advice from the West Mercia Police on how to choose the right lock for your door.
Other steps you can take
The police also recommend taking these simple steps to cut the risk even further:
- Cut back any hedges in garden
- Fit security lights
- Add gravel to any paths leading to your house
- Replace garden fencing with gravel boards (covered with pretty wall climbers)
- Change wooden garden gates to decorative metal ones
These are just some of the things you can do to help keep your home safe & secure as the nights draw in.
Have a happy (and burglar-free) Christmas!