Vulnerabilities of the Yale lock system and how to overcome them

All lock systems are susceptible to breakage and security issues. This is due to the pressures of forced entry that unfortunately is prevalent in our society today. The integrity of all lock systems is constantly being tested by forced entry activity. The Yale Lock is no different and a lot of the forced entry tactics apply to the Yale Lock as well. So, what are the vulnerabilities of the Yale Lock System?

Lock picking

A basic Yale Lock System is vulnerable to differing lock picking methods and attacks. Some of the most common methods are lock bumping and snap guns. Lock Picking in basic terms is the art of unlocking a lock by manipulating the lock device components without the original key. Widely associated with criminal intent, lock picking is also an essential skill for any credible locksmith.

To combat this activity, a higher security cylinder can be used. These cylinders use specialised pins known as security pins which are designed to catch in the lock cylinder if a snap gun or bump key is used.

Another consideration when it comes to lock security is that certain insurance policies will actually not pay out if the lock doesn’t conform to British Standards. It will always pay to look into your existing insurance policy when it comes to lock security. Generally speaking, if your lock conforms to BS 3621 you should be covered. Usually, the insurance companies can offer a discounted rate if you are compliant with British Standards, so not only will you be securing your family and property by upgrading, you could save on your insurance policy as well.

To find out more about the vulnerabilities of the Yale lock system ring Stephen on 07930 841967 if you are in the Doncaster area.

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