What is Lock Snapping and How to Prevent it?

Unfortunately, a lot of people are having to face a break-in situation.

Whether it’s because you went on a vacation and when you came back you saw the lock is broken or if you simply went outside for a few hours. As you know, a broken lock is something that needs to be fixed right away.


Therefore, we at Locksmith Toronto are here to help you 24 hours a day! 

Besides, we are here to explain what a lock snapping is, how to recover from it, and how to prevent it next time.

A short introduction to a Lock Snapping

First of all, “Cylinder snapping” or “Lock snapping“ is a very common method used by burglars to break into a property that has a euro cylinder lock. Second, it may come as a surprise, but lock snapping doesn’t require a specific skill. Meaning, most thieves that break into a property are simply breaking the lock with no special method.


How does Lock Snapping work?

The method of lock snapping involves breaking the cylinder to then manipulate the lock to open.

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How long does lock snapping take?

It can take just 5-10 seconds for a thief to snap the lock.

Also, the most important thing you need to remember is that lock snapping requires no specialist tools or knowledge. Therefore, it is very important to secure your house in the best way you can.

How to Prevent a Lock Snapping?

The best way to prevent lock snapping is by installing the most secure locks (For example, a smart lock with a pin code or a fingerprint).

Moreover, an anti-snap lock can also prevent a burglary. This kind of lock is a euro cylinder lock that is tested and approved to SS312 diamond standard.


How a lock will protect against lock snapping:

  • The lock must be tested against lock snapping
    – SS312 Diamond approved lock cylinders have been tested to resist this particular type of attack.
    – Changing your euro profile cylinders will protect your door, providing you with an anti-snap lock on your door.
  • Fit the lock correctly – a locksmith will also make sure the lock is fitted correctly, not fitting correctly will lead it prone to snapping.
  • There are different sizes of euro locks – Cylinders are available in various sizes, so fitting the correct size is vital.

How to recover from a Lock Snapping

The first thing you should do after realizing someone broke into your property is to call the police.

Once the police work is done, you need to call a professional locksmith service to replace your locks. We highly suggest you consider installing a smart lock and even install a security system.

That way you can make sure all your family and belonging are protected.

We at Locksmith Toronto are available 24 hours a day for all kinds of emergencies.

We are offering the best prices! Only $15 for the service call all over Toronto!

We can send you a technician to secure your house at any time!

Just give us a call and we will come right away!