A combination of Pickersgill-Kaye’s multipoint locks and two high security performance interlocking doors manufactured byWarrior Doors Ltd, foiled a ram raid attack on a jeweller’s in Birmingham, trapping one of the culprits inside the shop as he tried to make his escape.
The dramatic incident, which was caught on CCTV, featured a driver of a BMW 5 Series repeatedly ramming the car into the front of the jewellers’ shop but unable to smash his way through to gain access, perfectly demonstrating the attack-resistant qualities of Pickersgill-Kaye’s high security multipoint locks and the robust Warrior Doors.
Pickersgill-Kaye, a trading division of ASSA ABLOY the global leader in door opening solutions, manufactures high security locking systems in the UK that are specifically designed for high value retail and critical national infrastructure applications.
One of the occupants, who had got out of the car and entered the premises before his accomplice started ramming the outside door, realised the BMW was no match for the jeweller’s security system and as he tried to flee was retained in the secure airlock pending arrival of the police, while the driver gave up the attack and fled down the road into a waiting getaway car.
The lock fitted to the door was Pickersgill-Kaye’s HS270 Morticed 3-point access control locking system, which has an automatic deadlocking function and high security cylinder guard.
Warrior Doors managing director, Brett Barratt, said: “The whole event took less than three minutes, and the doors and shop front withstood the attack, keeping the shop owner, his daughter and grandchild and the two customers safe. The shop owner’s livelihood was maintained and the security interlocking doors still worked perfectly, locking and unlocking after the event.”
Available in both surface mounted and mortice versions, Pickersgill-Kaye’s portfolio of multi and single point locks are designed and manufactured entirely in the UK to the highest technical standards and aesthetically pleasing to complement the modern workplace, such as jeweller outlets.
The range of locks, bolts and fittings has been specifically developed to meet exacting standards of physical attack but maintain safe and easy exit. The products are manufactured to the highest specifications and tested to European BS EN standards for panic and emergency exit as well as undergoing independent blast testing, cycle testing in excess of 1 million cycles and being fire tested, to BS EN standards, as part of a secure door set.
Pickersgill-Kaye’s locks are designed on state-of-the-art CAD software and are subjected to extensive and challenging testing on key operation, lock construction and overall durability and resistance to attack, in order to satisfy the operational requirements of national and international market sectors. Approvals include certification to LPS 1175 Issue 7 Levels SR3 and SR5 and government standards.