Central Locksmiths Blog
Just in - another two great additions to the Securikey range of products, a high security postbox which is available in two sizes and the advanced keysafe 80 electronic key cabinet
In this piece, we shall be looking at the Avocet ABS lock and find out whether or not it is all it’s cracked up to be in terms of security. Designed to retro fit to all composite and uPVC (Un-plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride) doors, the ABS is an anti–snap lock which combats lock snapping. It makes use of a dimple style key similar to the CISA Astral S. Unlike all other dimple keys, ABS dimple keys come with a small magnet pressed into the locks and it plays a vital role in ensuring high level of security.
Likewise, the pins found inside ABS locks are much similar to those inside a lot of other common locks but ABS has a magnetic pin usually raised into position by the magnet in the key. This therefore, makes picking the lock a task to beat and as at the moment, the cylinder is impossible to bump open. The Avocet ABS does not only reach the sold secure diamond standard, but also the British standard, no wonder it is widely used in the UK. It comes with triple keys plus a key registration card which must always be retained in the event of the need for extra keys cut.
The snap safe sacrificial point built in to the external side of the ABS cylinder barrel is designed to snap off whenever it’s attacked by burglars thus leaving the cylinder safe. It is now common with cylinders to have sacrificial points built in but where the ABS comes to the fore is under a prolonged cylinder attack. With the right tools, a tad knowledge and effort, most snap safe cylinders could be broken at the frail spot (in the middle) but the Avocet ABS built in patented anti–snap technology which locks the cam of the cylinder prevents access to the locking mechanism thus deterring the door from being opened.
The Avocet ABS anti–snap lock is a safe and secure euro cylinder and it is definitely all it’s cracked up to be on the security front as it shuts out even the most strong–minded burglars. Experts at Central Locksmiths have tested the cylinder with the same techniques and tools that burglars do commonly try to use and the Avocet ABS stood up to the test and lots more. The ABS could have a smoother action as they can feel a bit grinding or jerky sometimes and reliability could be better as we’ve seen a couple of faulty ones though. But over all, it is a very good anti–snap lock.
Should you like for Central Locksmiths to fit Avocet ABS anti–snap locks and/or Millenco keys to your home or business place, we would be glad to oblige. We will supply and fit any make of your choice. All you need to do is just to drop us a line via email, phone or fax. You can also get in touch with our Locksmiths Surrey services.
Most locks are only opened by the specific key assigned to them. However, it can sometimes be convenient to have all locks in a set use the same key or be opened by a single master key.
For convenience, many people will buy for example 5 identical locks which all work from the same key. These are known as "Keyed Alike" locks.
A "Master Keyed" lock is a unique lock with its own key but part of a larger set. The whole set then can be overridden by what is known as the "Master-Key". For obvious reasons the master-key should be kept secure as an unauthorized copy would compromise the security of the whole set.
We have the knowledge and technology to cut hundreds of different key styles including code cutting for Cisa Astral S Keys and Millenco Magnum keys and the new high security Avocet ABS keys. All with next day delivery!
We are extremely competative on prices, with no hidden costs! Our Key cutting services include:
- Keys from Number
- Keys made to locks
- Transponder (Chipped) Key Programming
- Keys made to locks
- Antique Church Keys
- Safe Keys
Please call us for any advice!
British Kitemark TS007:2012
BSI TS007:2012 is the revised British Kitemark for euro cylinders and security hardware.
This new Kitemark uses criteria of the past Kitemark tests, i.e. BS EN 1303:2005 and BS 3621:2007 and PAS24:2007* but now has additional tests which use a common method of attack known as “lock snapping”.
Euro cylinders and security hardware will now be classified under the TS007 British Kitemark with the use of a star rating system.
Euro cylinders can be rated as one star or three stars and security hardware will be rated as two stars. Cylinders are awarded a three star rating when they have passed all criteria of the TS007 British Standard Kitemark including new lock snapping tests.
A one star rating is given to a cylinder lock that has met criteria of the British Kitemark but has not passed snapping tests. The locks would require additional 2 star rated security hardware to reach a TS007 3 star Kitemark.
At Central Locksmiths we are more than happy to advise you on which lock is most suited for your purpose.