You may have heard of the recent crime called Blowtorch burglary, we will tell you how to prevent this from happening to your door locks and also how common blowtorch burglary is.
As the UK’s largest locksmith association we are aware of different methods of burglary used by criminals to gain entry.
This information is offered to us by our approved locksmiths and Police Forces who we have close relationships with.
What is Blowtorch Burglary?
Blowtorch burglary is a method of entry used by thieves where, as the term suggests, thieves are using a blowtorch to attack door handles and locks.
The crime is not very common across the UK at the moment, as lock snapping is a far more common burglary method used by criminals as it is quicker.
What Type Of Doors & Locks are at Risk to This Crime?
The reports we have seen seem to indicate it is being done mostly on uPVC and composite doors.
How Can I Prevent Blowtorch Burglary?
To protect against blowtorch burglary we recommend the following:
1. Fit a Anti Snap Lock to your uPVC Door
Any euro-cylinder lock fitted to your uPVC or composite door should be:
- SS312 Diamond Approved – Click here for a list of approved locks
- or TS007 3 Star
- or you can fit a TS007 1 Star Cylinder with TS007 2 Star Door Furniture such as Door Handle – Click here for our best uPVC Door handle guide
Why will an Anti Snap lock prevent Blowtorch Burglary?
Should a criminal use a blowtorch to melt your door they will not able to snap your door lock when they try, this is because the anti-snap locked fitted will prevent any attempt at snapping your door lock.
2. Add Sash Jammers to your Door
Fitting Sash Jammers to your door will prevent your door from opening if the lock is bypassed.
3. Using a Vetted & Inspected Locksmith
Always use a local, professional locksmith to specify, supply and fit your security products as fitting any locks incorrectly could put your home or business at risk.
Ultimate Security Combination to Prevent Blowtorch Burglary
To achieve maximum door security you may wish to fit:
- 1. SS312 Diamond Cylinder Lock AND
- 2. SS301 Bronze Handle/Escutcheon
- 1. TS007 3 Star Cylinder Lock AND
- 2. TS007 2 Star Door Handle/Escutcheon
This is the best door lock and handle combination that will prevent burglary methods such as lock snapping and blowtorch burglary (this is a ‘belt and braces’ approach).
False Media Reports about using TS007 1 Star
Recent media reports stated that fitting a euro cylinder lock that is TS007 1 Star approved will help stop this crime, this is NOT TRUE.
Any euro-cylinder lock that you fit MUST be a TS007 3 Star, or ideally SS312 Diamond.
Concerned about Blowtorch Burglary?
A locksmith can upgrade your locks & handles to prevent it