As a resident of Las Vegas, you are probably aware that one of the most common crimes in the city is burglary. What you probably do not know is that one of the most common ways to gain entry to your home is by lock snapping.

Lock snapping is a technique that has become extremely common in Las Vegas and involves snapping a lock in two using brute force to gain access to the locking mechanism beneath. Once the locking mechanism is breached, unlocking the door becomes easy and is usually achieved in a few seconds.

The general tools of the trade for lock snapping are a hammer and screwdriver, and locks most vulnerable to lock snapping are those fitted with a Euro profile cylinder (e.g. all UPVC doors installed in residences built in the last 15 years)

Though lock snapping is becoming an easy and attractive way to break into people’s homes, there are a couple of ways to prevent it. One of the best ways to do so would be to ask your Las Vegas locksmith to examine the locks on your doors, especially your exterior doors to find out what kind of locks they are. If you have Euro profile locks that are more than two years old, it puts you at a higher risk.

Ask your Las Vegas locksmith about Anti-snap cylinder locks, and which ones would be best for your home. Anti-snap cylinder locks are locks that have been designed so that they are harder to break. Even if they do snap, they are designed to snap in the front section only in such a way that they lock out the prospective burglar while still letting you use the key to open the lock. They also have special bars that flex rather than snap when put under pressure. Most come with added security enhancements such as anti-bump, anti-screw and anti-drill protection.

The best way to prevent lock snapping is simple. Head down to your local Las Vegas locksmith and talk to them about your options in the matter.  Remember, you can also boost security by pairing your anti-snap lock with other door furniture like high-security door handles.