Avocet Hardware has welcomed Aviva’s decision to advise its customers about the use of TS007 3-star or SS312 Sold Secure Diamond accredited locks when seeking to protect their homes against lock-snapping.

The West Yorkshire company, which sells the only Euro profile locks in the U K with both a 3-star British Kitemark and Sold Secure Diamond accreditation, says that Aviva’s move opens the door for an insurance industry wide shift in attitude towards lock-snapping prevention.

Avocet’s managing director, Clive Lloyd said: “Until very recently, the UK insurance industry was, at best, exceedingly remiss when it came to lock-snapping. Policy holders who had been burgled as a result of it were simply being given like-for-like replacements of the snapped locks, meaning their homes were being put straight back at risk of another attack by using the same type of cylinder that had just failed.

“The first indication of change occurred earlier this year when the RISC Authority incorporated an explanation of locksnapping and the importance of TS007 and SS312 in the fight against it in its publication, Guidance to Occupiers.”

At the time, the Avocet team was cautiously optimistic that the RISC Authority’s decision would lead to change, but even they didn’t think that less than six months later they’d be looking at one of the biggest players in the market taking such a significant step.

“This is absolutely huge,” added Clive. “Aviva has put the rest of the insurance industry in a situation where they have to follow suit or risk alienating their policy holders as a result of failing to alert them to the nature of the problem and the way to remedy it.”

In one of the biggest examples of the effectiveness of its snap secure locks to date, Leeds City Council began an initiative in 2010 that saw 10,000 ABS Snap Secure locks installed during a 12-month period in East Leeds. This, alongside other police initiatives, resulted in a 36 percent drop in burglary rate in the year to October 2012 – a figure that equated to 3,200 fewer victims than the previous year.

Since then, Avocet has seen its locked praised by police forces around the country and be given the Police’s ultimate seal of the approval, Secured by Design accreditation. The company also works closely with Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network to promote home security and lock-snapping prevention and is currently in the midst of a big #summerlockin campaign aimed at making house owners and occupiers around the country aware of the worrying rise in burglaries during summer months and the steps need to avoid becoming a victim.

“Our aim is simple,” concluded Clive. “We want to put an end to lock-snapping – and believe me we can. Y es it’s a major issue but it’s one for which there is a readily available solution, and with the help of organisations like Aviva, the RISC Authority and Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network we can make sure nobody is left in the dark when it comes to properly securing their homes.”

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