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What are good euro cylinders to replace my locks with?
Nextdoor got broken into by peeling back / smashing off the door handle then breaking the cylinder. Apparently this is extremely easy and quick but can be defended against. Also see bumping locks etc.
Thinking I should probably try and make breaking into my house at least a bit of a challenge.
Cheers.Posted 1 month agoahsatSubscriber
We choose them after extensive research and speaking to some local suppliers. They haven’t been tested thankfully, and apparently can still be picked but it takes about 20 mins, but you’d think that is enough to put most people off. Lock snapping is a massive issue in West Yorkshire so police suggest these or similar. They are Diamond and 3* rated and you can’t get a spare cut at a local shop (need a code). Nothing is totally fool proof.Posted 1 month agomick_rSubscriber
Various BS kite marked ones.
There is a star rating 1 to 3 based on security (same with handles that protect the lock). Strangely a 1 star lock in combination with a 1 star handle can sometimes equal 3 star overall rating when used together(!). Think all our locks are Asec. You don’t need a locksmith.
Don’t forget that it is quite easy to just kick in the panel on some upvc doors….Posted 1 month agoCougarSubscriber
Stock Eurocylinders are shit. They’re readily pickable (not that a criminal would bother doing that, it’s just fun) and they’re breakable near-instantaneously.
Yup, Avocet ABS is the right answer.
Piece of piss to install, it’s literally one screw and takes seconds. Last one I bought was from here, they were considerably cheaper than anywhere else I could find: https://www.barnsleylockandsafe.co.uk/Posted 1 month agodrnoshMember
Secure door handles, with lock guard.Posted 1 month agomick_rSubscriber
Careful with the handles as there are loads and loads of different lock-screw-handle spacings, some of which are pretty obsolete and you just can’t get anymore (certainly not in high security versions).
We managed to get matching handles for 2 out of 3 doors. The 3rd one looked like the same handle would work but the door internals were different and couldn’t drill the new screw hole. Universal handles are available but security is awful (so that door has 3 star lock and internal bolts).Posted 1 month agopoolmanMember
Upgrading locks is brilliant but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. My neighbour had the best of everything, locks, cctv. Massive refurb clearly someone spotted something they liked, 1 month later smashed a rear window grabbed the target stuff and ran off.Posted 1 month ago
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