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Euro cylinders! Do you know what you’re looking for?

Euro cylinders! Do you know what you’re looking for?

Before I became a locksmith, I wouldn’t have had a clue, not only what a euro cylinder was but also how to tell the difference between a good one and a bad one. Personally, I’d probably have just gone for the cheapest possible option, thinking that a cylinder was a cylinder and felt pretty smug with myself for the saving I’d made. Since becoming a locksmith, I have been to countless break-ins where the victims have only become victims because of their cheap locks. With a cheap lock it’s possible for a burglar to gain entry to your house in under 10 seconds. That’s quicker than some of us can do it with a key. Check out the video below and ask yourself if it’s really worth risking your valuables or your families safety for the sake of a few pounds?

If you’ve read this far you’re probably now thinking one of two things ‘It wont happen to me’ or ‘Is my current lock good enough?’ So for anyone thinking ‘It wont happen to me’, hopefully it wont but there’s always a chance it will. Why take that risk? For anyone thinking ‘Is my current lock good enough?’ I’m glad you asked, here are just a couple of things to look for on your euro cylinder it put your mind at ease;



The British Standard Kitemark doesn’t just help deter thieves. It’s also something most insurance companies will insist your cylinders display it. Locks that display the Kitemark have been certified by the British Standards Institute (BSI), so you know that each product has been manufactured to a high standard. The kitemark is a quality mark unique to BSI and is recognized worldwide as a symbol of quality, safety and trust. It proves that a product has been tested over and above the minimum legal requirements for additional quality and reliability, including the assessment of a quality management system.


Sacrifical cut 

The most common way for a break in to take place at the moment is cylinder snapping. As shown in the link, this is where the scumbag who decides to enter your home to take away all the items you’ve worked hard to buy for yourself, physically snaps the cheap lock that you’re currently trusting to secure your house and ‘Hey Presto’ they’re in. With a sacrificial cut on your cylinder if a lock snapping attempt is made on your lock the cylinder will only break up to the cut instead of the centre of the cylinder, leaving the important mechanism parts of your gearbox covered and stopping the would be burglar from gaining entry.


If you’re unsure if your locks are up to the standard they should be please contact us. We change these locks daily and always keep a large stock of euro cylinders so that we can get your doors secured as quickly as possible.