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Home security is high on most people’s agendas, but the rise in the use of uPVC and other double glazed doors has introduced a security weakness that is being exploited by burglars.


The problem is the lock. Euro cylinder locks are fitted as standard on all these types of doors and worryingly they can be snapped in about 13 seconds, using nothing more than simple DIY tools. The front/back/patio door can then be opened, as all the multi point locking is held secure with the one euro lock, so this has now become a very popular ‘opportunist’ burglary method.

Need somewhere safe to keep a spare set of door keys ?

Then why not consider the C500 key safe available from SupraUK ?


Click on the picture to find out more.


Many people currently have poorly fitted euro locks (often too long) and, because the ‘nose’ of the lock protrudes from the door, it makes it much easier to attack them and break into the property. Simply ordering the same sizes again will still leave the lock exposed and more vulnerable to attack. Therefore, although these locks can be replaced reasonably easily, it is best for doors to be accurately measured first to ensure the correct replacement lock is fitted. There are 38 different sizes of ABS euro locks and this will enable a flush fit for 99% of the UK's domestic doors.

The ABS Avocet euro lock is considered to be one of the most secure locks available that resists snapping and has been accredited with the new British Standard TS007 (three stars) rating and has passed the new SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard.  Apparently, no matter how much damage the cylinder takes - it will not fail, and you will still be able to open the lock from the inside. Click on the picture to find out more information on the ABS lock.


Most locksmiths will be able to measure, supply and fit the ABS lock for you.  However, special discounted prices have been agreed with several suppliers.  Click here for more details.



The Flexi Sash Guard (swing lock) provides additional security for uPVC windows & doors by helping to provide additional strength and prevent forced entry.  It is easy to install and use and is designed to fit a large range of windows and doors.


The Sash Guard is generally available from Locksmiths or online suppliers and can cost as little as £7 per unit.


Each pack contains additional spacers to ensure a secure fit and screw hole covers to provide a smooth finish.


Fixing is normally achieved using suitably sized self-tapping screws or bolts (not usually provided).


It is particularly useful to temporarily secure a uPVC door, which you would otherwise have to fully lock each time you use it.