Most homes in the UK and Eire are secured with a standard ‘euro cylinder lock’. The problem with the standard euro cylinder lock is that it isn’t that hard to smash.

Lock Snapping

Using a technique called lock-snapping, burglars apply a force to the lock and quite literally snap it in two.  Once it is broken in this way, the insides of the lock are revealed and it isn’t too hard for even a layman to get the door open.  Lock-snapping makes very little noise and can grant an experienced burglar access to your property in less than 15 seconds.

This problem has been publicised since 2006 and seems to have become the dominant method for housebreaking.

Brisant Locks

Brisant locks are superior to most ‘snapping-resistant’ or ‘anti-snap’ locks which tackle some aspects of the snapping problem, but have their own issues. contain a steel rod which reinforces the lock mechanism, hardening it against attack.  This strengthened core makes it harder to break in the first instance.

The beauty of the Brisant lock is that if an attack is sensed, the central ‘cam’ is locked and the mechanism is protected by the solid metal core surrounding it.  A retaining pin locks the mechanism in place. Once locked down, the mechanism is virtually impenetrable.

Another approach some burglars like to employ, is the use of a drill to destroy the lock mechanism.  Once drilled out, most locks can be opened with screwdriver.  Clever use of reinforced metal internals mean that it is practically impossible to drill out the Brisant lock.  Once locked down, the whole lock would have to be removed to get access to the property from outside.

Burgler-Resistant Characteristics:

  • Snap-Proofing Sacrificial Ends
  • More Pins – More Key Combinations
  • Anti-Drill Pins – Hardened Steel Protection
  • Bump-Proof
  • Keyed Alike – Multiple Keys & Locks Paired