Would you want your valuables gone in less than 60 seconds?

Experts have warned that criminals may not even need that long to break into properties that are not properly secured amid an increase in burglaries where cheap, sub-standard door locks have been picked.

Recently published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 7 % increase over the past four years in the number of break-ins where the lock had been tampered with but not forced/damaged.

However, residents and business owners may be left out of pocket if they have installed sub standard or poor quality locks on their doors as insurers do not typically pay out when there has been no forced entry.

So the thought of losing possessions and being denied an insurance pay out could be crippling, given that the average amount lost in a burglary is over £3,000, according to the ONS.

Many locksmiths and security professionals from all over the country have said that they had seen a rise in the number of burglaries where locks had been picked. A typical household cylinder lock can be cracked in less than 10 seconds by experts, and criminals can do it just as fast. We at SOS Locksmiths Southend on Sea have learnt these skills in a professional environment, but burglars can learn to pick a lock easily from youtube videos.

Despite this, many people fail to change their locks when they move into a new property. Insurers are likely to pay out only if there are signs of forced entry and tend to reject claims if locks have been picked, doors have been left open or burglars have obtained a copy of the keys.

If you live in a rental property then you may be at an increased risk of break-in as previous tenants could still have copies of the keys. If you are renting a property as your landlord if they will change the locks, if they are not willing then as the tenant it would be advisable to get them changed yourself.

Upgrade your locks today!

SOS Locksmiths Southend on Sea can supply and fit quality locks that meet British standards requirements from as little as £75, all locks should have the British standard kitemark on them and be labelled BS 3621 they should also  ideally be fitted by a professional locksmith to meet insurance and police standards. So make sure all locks are BS 3621, which is the British standard for security.