I've just read the second recent article in the local paper about
break-ins using a blow torch. Googling with my subject line brings up
dozens of examples.
Is this the burglar's response to bump-proof eurolocks?
No, there's generally no such thing.
Aluminium extrusion is only fitted if the frame has to be load
bearing, and that's unusual because usually there's a separate
lintel and the window/door isn't load bearing. It wouldn't be
fitted in the opener in any case.
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Some of the news items brought up by the search show two different
techniques: melting the plastic around the lock and melting a gert big
hole in the plastic panel below and to the side of the lock - then
reaching up and turning the key conveniently left in place.
On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:48:25 +0100, Nick Odell wrote:
Would that work with multi-point locks ?
Also ... it strikes me that the sorts of properties that such scrotes
would target would also have a decent alarm system including a smoke
detector ? Surely the fumes of burning plastic would have tripped it/
That said, once the principle is established (cutting the lock out) maybe
a decent circular saw and bit of skill could easily remove a door ?
1. The alarm is tripped.
2. A minute or two later a guy from the monitoring station rings up to
check it's not a false alarm. He waits on the phone for at least 30 seconds.
3. A minute or two after that, the police have the details from the
4. If it's high enough priority, a minute or two after that, a police
car is on its way.
So, the scrotes have a good 5 minutes after the alarm is activated to
grab what they can and leave. If they leave on a motor scooter, some
police forces still have the policy of not pursuing them.
If going equipped is still an arrest offence a lot of people might be
arrested who are decorators or some other kind of tradesman.
I think it is impossible to protect things well enough to stop the
determined thief if they think it worth while. The main petty criminal
stealing for a drug habit will take the easy option though.
For those premises where there really is nick stuff then let them in with
the minimum of damage to your property and use hidden cameras and silent
alarms to try to make sure they get caught. Police won't do anything much
these days unless you have pictures and almost give them the address of the
There was a case recently where the idiot criminal made a phone call on his
mobile from within the crime scene and there was sound and video being
I don't think a lot of them are that smart.
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