Opportunist Burglaries And How to Stop Them

The excalibur high security door lock side profile

With the number of sneak-in and home invasion burglaries increasing as lockdown continues, Kenrick is urging fabricators and installers to specify high security hardware products to help homeowners protect their homes.

Kenrick’s Excalibur Fast Lock is a high security door lock that has been designed to combat both types of burglary and help to make homeowners feel safer in their homes.


 “Many police forces have reported a rise in the number of sneak-in thefts and home invasion burglaries as the restrictions have continued and we want to remind people how important it is to secure their homes properly.”

– Steve Williams 

Sales And Marketing Director, Kenrick



The Excalibur Fast Lock operates in the same way as a standard lever/lever lock. Its main difference is, when closing the door, the user simply lifts the lever as they enter through the door and it is then securely locked from both sides without having to use a key. To unlock the door, the user turns the key and pushes the handle down.

In addition to providing fast, secure locking, the new lock has an obvious advantage over other fixed pad locks and fast locks because the user cannot accidentally lock themselves out – they have to physically throw the lever to engage the hooks to lock the door. This design feature overcomes the risk of the homeowner being locked out by a small child slamming the door from the inside or by a gust of wind blowing the door shut.


Other things on our minds

“With this pandemic occupying our minds, how many of us think about locking the door while we do things like pop to see a neighbour, wash the car, do some gardening or clean upstairs?" continues Kenrick's Williams. "And how often do we leave the door unlocked for family members to come home? This is the perfect chance for an opportunist to sneak in and grab a few items without being noticed."



Williams adds: “Even more frightening, is the rising crime of home invasion burglary, where a burglar follows the homeowner to their front door, forces their way in behind them and steals from the home. This type of crime is very distressing, particularly at a time when we all need to feel safe in our homes. Thankfully, it is very simple for homeowners to protect themselves and their properties with the right security products.”



The Excalibur Fast Lock utilises three sintered steel hooks and two steel anti-lift bolts to deliver its strength and security. Three roller cams provide =/- 1mm adjustable compression, with one roller placed directly below the gearbox to aid with compression in the centre of the door. The gearbox is sprung on both spindles, which means that there is no need for costly sprung handle sets.

The door lock will also work with a thumb turn cylinder as an option which eliminates the need to use the key on the inside to open the door.



For greater flexibility, the system allows fabricators to use just one lock for all applications on both front and back doors. Its twin spindle design means that both lever/lever and lever/movable pad unsprung handles can be used with only one lock to provide more choice for the end user.

Designed to be quick and easy to install, the door lock is also fully extendable with 300mm extension pieces for added convenience.

The Excalibur Fast Lock is available on all variants of 35mm backset locks in a choice of lever/lever, twin spindle and split spindle. It is compatible with PVC-U, timber and composite doors. It meets the requirements of PAS 24, 2012 and Secured by Design. It has been function tested to 30,000 full cycles (open/close, lock/unlock) and also exceeds the requirements of BS EN 1670: 2007 Grade 4 (severe) rating for salt spray corrosion resistance.

Picture: The Excalibur Fast Lock.



Article written by Cathryn Ellis
20th November 2020


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