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Urgent warning thieves are using scary new method to break into the house

LOCKSMITHS is urging homeowners to take extra precautions as thieves are using BLOWTORCHES to break into homes.

Experts have warned that criminals have used heat to break doors and break locks in a series of burglaries.

Thieves are using blower to break into the house

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Thieves are using blower to break into the houseCredit: MEN Media
They can crack if they are too big for the door

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They can crack if they are too big for the doorCredit: MEN Media

Locksmiths L&E have warned that the trend is on the rise, after one of their customers in Manchester was broken into.

The intruders used torches to damage the locks before cracking them and making their way into the house.

Company director Elizabeth Johns is calling people to be aware of the trend, telling MAN: “The reason intruders use the blower is that they’re trying to get the handle out of the way around it, so they can grab hold of the lock and then crack it.

“On standard locks, once the lock snaps, the door opens. So all it takes is access to try and get a grip on that lock.”

She is urging homeowners to invest in locks that are impact resistant to prevent break-ins from happening too easily.

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Elizabeth also dispels a common misconception that intruders will break windows to get into the property.

“Once it’s cracked, the impact lock will still unlock, but your door will remain locked,” she explains.

“That means unfortunately, the lock and door will still be damaged, but intruders won’t be able to get into your home.

“I think people don’t understand until it happens to them.

“And we were pretty frustrated because we said, ‘look, everybody needs to put these locks on’.

“As you can see from this case with our client, it happened, and it happens a lot, unfortunately.”

“Usually, people say, ‘if the intruders want to get in, they’ll break the window.’

“But actually, they’re not going to smash the windows, because it makes a lot of sounds and warnings for people.

“Typically, people who have been burglarized go downstairs in the morning and find that it happened because the thieves are trying to make as little sound as possible using these methods.”

‘TARGET LOCK’

The company also urges people to make sure their lock is the right size for the door – as it makes it easy to open.

Elizabeth also urges people to make sure their locks are the right size for their doors.

She added: “A lot of the time, people were trying to install the locks themselves.

“So you’ll see a lock that’s too big for the door, which means it’s sticking out.

“Meaning it gives intruders easy access to get it out without even removing the handle.

“It’s like Christmas Day for thieves if they find the lock too big – they’ll target such locks.”

One customer told of how she and her family woke up one morning in December to find their door lock burned and badly damaged.

The customer, who asked not to be named, said: “A few days before Christmas, around 5am, my family and I overslept at home.

TOP TIPS OF PROFESSIONALS

  • There are shockproof locks installed on all doors
  • Hire a professional to install the locks, instead of installing them yourself
  • Keep your house and car keys in plain sight – never leave them in the lock
  • Never leave keys hanging near the door, as thieves can use the wire to get the key through the mailbox
  • If you lose your key, change the lock as soon as possible
  • Install visible obstructions such as headlights and CCTV
  • Make sure the Ring-shaped Doorbell is in place
  • Make sure your security system is up to date
  • Watch out for markers thieves use to target your home, like floor tiles, triangles or circles, or peas on your doorstep

“We heard noises so we went downstairs and turned on the lights but no one was in the house so we went back to bed.

“It was not until the next morning, when my husband put the key in the door and half a box, came out.

“So we thought, ‘oh, that’s not normal.’ That’s when we realized what had happened.”

CCTV footage showed the intruders wearing tank tops.

The police stepped in and assisted the client’s family.

She is currently having to replace the door, which costs between £400 and £500.

They added: “It is horrible because you are always waiting for the intruders to come back.

“Honestly, we haven’t slept properly since then.

“We have a kid in the house, so you don’t want thieves to come back and confront them.

“So the cost and stress weren’t ideal. But the police were really good.

“If we didn’t have an anti-jailbreak lock, the thieves would have entered the house, 100%.”

The locks are removed after they are melted

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The locks are removed after they are meltedCredit: MEN Media
Experts are warning that this is a new technique used by criminals

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Experts are warning that this is a new technique used by criminalsCredit: MEN Media

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