The recent television programme aired on the BBC a couple of weeks ago certainly did stir the debate in this industry and our sister industry in locksmithing. It was good to see many different people from different companies voice their opinions on the programme and say whether it was good or not. One of those participants in the debate was MD of UAP David Jennings, and below is his take on the whole lock snapping situation and what can be done about it:

Has the BBC created a new market opportunity for security cylinders?

Last month the BBC programme Inside Out featured a lengthy documentary on Lock Snapping and general cylinder vulnerability. My view of this is well known as I believe it was irresponsible and the people behind this release to the BBC were not motivated by concerns over the public’s safety but just motivated by pure greed. The question of cylinder vulnerability has now been featured on 5 Live, Local Newspapers and we are advised it will feature heavily nationally on 19th March on BBC’s The One Show.

For some time now the quickest and most cost effective solution to Lock Snapping is to upgrade basic euro cylinder locks to security enhanced Anti-Snap Cylinder locks, which have anti-snap cuts on both sides of the cylinder. With an Anti-Snap Cylinder, if unreasonable force is applied to one end of the cylinder, it only breaks away to the anti-snap line and leaves the locking mechanism still inside the door (see diagram).now the official police approved scheme ‘Secured by Design’ and British Standards Institute have been working to improve door security – specifically against Lock Snapping. New standards have recently been introduced to overcome this problem, such as using Anti-Snap Cylinders like our own UAP+ Zero Lift Cylinders, in conjunction with security handles.

There are a few other cylinders options, but generally price for these is a big issue, making them unaffordable for most fabricators and the average consumer. The BS Kitemarked UAP+ Zero Lift Cylinder is one of the most popular security cylinders on the market, offering good security at an affordable price. In combination with a security handle set it is almost unbeatable.

We have seen a massive growth in sales of our UAP+ Zero Lift products in the past three weeks and this is only going to continue to increase over the next few months as the cat is out of the bag and this issue is not going away.

UAP are ideally placed to help you capitalise on this new demand. We hold huge stocks of Kitemark Cylinders. But even we can predict that on some sizes we may struggle to cope with initial demand. I strongly advise you to speak to your UAP Sales Representative (Tel: 0161 796 7268) urgently and we can help ensure we keep you in stock and up to date with information.

For those companies who offer a door to door cylinder upgrade service, we have developed a Cylinder Gauge which means you can measure a cylinder whilst the lock is in the door, quickly and easily, thereby reducing the enquiry to sales conversion to fitting time. If you would like a sample of the UAP Cylinder Gauge sent to you with your next order of UAP+ Zero Lift cylinders, please request this when you speak to your UAP Sales Representative.
In closing, by working together we can ensure that we help you maximize the current opportunity, and the new future market for cylinders.

David Jennings

Managing Director