Fitting 3 start euro locks

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  1. stoduk

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    Hi,

    I need to replace some euro locks and it seems that there are new fangled "3 star" ones available that are anti-snap (more accurately: the sacrificial front snaps off and leaves the lock inoperable from outside, but still working from inside).

    Two questions, for any budding locksmiths:
    1) Once a burglar has attempted to get in, snapped off the sacrificial front and given up then how do *I* get back in the house? If I'm in the house or another door is still working then the broken lock can be opened from the inside, but what if I can't regain access?

    2) Some websites claim that fitting these locks is something only suitable for locksmiths, even going so far to suggest your insurance won't be valid in the event of a break-in. However, Yale and others, suggest it is a DIYable job. As long as the right size lock is chosen (so protrusion is minimal, <=3mm is suggested by Yale) what could a DIYer do wrong?

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi,

    First, question 2!
    Yes, fitting a euro barrel lock is an easy DIY job. As you've said, make sure you get the dimensions right.
    I've fitted a couple of keyed alike Avocet ABS locks, and have been very happy with them.

    As for question 1, I'm not really sure!
    You may have to call the lock-picking lawyer! :)

     
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    Thanks for confirming #1 at least - some of the "get a locksmith" comments were from website that seemed keen for you to hire a locksmith, so possibly trade bodies trying to retain business.

    I found that video separately - he found it rather easy to pick! Though it was upside down which some suggested might have helped.

    I found some videos about drilling out locks and they said if you hit hardened steel then give up. I imagine it can be done with the right bit but probably not trivial given it isn't in the most convenient place. Probably hope one door is still usable, and if not then break a window...
     
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    To be fair, he finds most locks incredibly easy to pick! If the video is a couple of minutes long, you know the locks a good one! :)

    ...and barging through the UPVC panel on my front door would probably be a lot less hassle than breaking the lock!
    Though touchwood, I hope that doesn't happen :)
     
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    I was under the impression that to get the 3* rating, the cylinder had to be fitted within a security escutcheon which itself prevented the cylinder from being snapped.

    But once an anti snap euro is snapped it's a job for a locksmith, if you can't get in by another route.
     
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    Interesting :)
    No mention of that from ABS though!

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