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From time to time the National Neighbourhood Watch and Home Network (NHWN) publish “Alerts” from their “Our Watch” website.  These “Alerts” provide useful information to existing NHW Schemes, as well as the general public.  The issues vary, but focus on home security, community action projects and  news items connected to the operation and administration of NHW throughout the UK.  Where considered significant, they will be copied into this Section either as an abridged news item, or will be attached as a stand alone document.

“Our Watch” Alerts

20 May 2013

Keep burglars at bay


Burglary committed by snapping euro cylinder locks, which are fitted as standard in most uPVC and other double-glazed doors, is on the increase. In December 2012 West Yorkshire Police revealed that 27 per cent of burglaries in the region had been committed by criminals using this technique.

Michael Tuck, managing director of new Neighbourhood Watch sponsor Avocet Hardware, explains the problem: “The euro cylinder lock has a design flaw that enables it to be snapped, and the locking mechanism breached, using simple DIY tools in just a matter of seconds.”

“Thankfully there is a solution and it’s a simple one – replace the lock with a Snap Secure euro cylinder door lock, which has been designed and developed specifically to counter lock snapping.”

Avocet’s own ABS Snap Secure lock features a patented system that guarantees a total barrier against forced entry even if the lock is snapped. And what’s more it also allows the door to still be opened and locked using the key from the inside. It is one of the first locks of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007 (three stars), is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the new SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard, and is approved by Secured by Design.

The British Standard was developed by the Door & Hardware Federation, the Glass& Glazing Federation and the British Standards Institute in response to the rise in lock snapping, while SS312 Sold Secure Diamond is a Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) accreditation.

“Now that the extent of the lock snapping problem is gaining wider recognition and solutions like ours are being developed, our challenge is to persuade people to protect their homes by changing their locks as a precautionary measure,” continued Michael. “And this is the key reason we have become a Neighbourhood Watch sponsor. We want to alert those most interested and active in crime prevention of the nature and rising frequency of the problem, without scare mongering, and work with them to stamp out lock snapping.”

Avocet Hardware is the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network’s new primary sponsor for security products. More information about its ABS locks can be found at www.homesecurityandsafety.co.uk/ Alternatively call 01484 725725.

For local suppliers and installation click here.

Information updated - 29 May 2014

The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) has published a comprehensive collection of Crime Prevention and Safety Advice in their booklet entitled “Stay Safe”.

You can download a copy from the NHWN website here.

The 3 Bedfordshire NHW Associations have agreed to have copies of this booklet specially printed for their members and these may now be obtained from your Street Scheme or Area Coordinators.

NHWN acknowledges the help given to them by the Police Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crimestoppers, Get Safe Online, the Master Locksmiths Association, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the Fire & Rescue Service, Secured by Design, Action Fraud and Avocet Hardware Ltd, and of course to Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch members, who have provided valuable input into this document.