There are about around 200,000 burglaries reported in the UK each year. Keeping your home safe and secure is an important maintenance job to ensure your safety and security. Here we will highlight how to tell of your lock have been tampered with.
If you have noticed new tiny scratches around the keyhole, it might be a sign that a burglar has tried to pick your locks. These scratches will be finer than any scratches that may have been caused by your keys. These tiny scratches may be caused by an attempt to pick your locks. Lock picking consists of using small tools to manipulate the inner part of the lock until it catches and the lock turns.
If your key is suddenly hard to get in lock or you have difficulty turning the key, you may have been a target of lock snapping or lock bumping. These techniques involve striking the lock to snap the lock or to release the tumblers which renders it useless. This is more commonly found in euro cylinder locks that are typically on a uPVC door.
Damaged Lock or Door
If there are obvious signs of damage to your door, the door handle, or the lock it could be a sign that a burglar has used brute force to try and get into your home. Brute force attempts might also leave paint circles around the lock fixture from loosening and tightening the lock, bent latches, and warping on your door frame.