Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Mul-T-Lock’s patented security solutions have been installed by local Locksmiths H Harrold & Sons in properties belonging to Firth Homes.

Firth Homes is a registered charity providing homes in Sheffield for older people, offering an onsite warden, laundry facilities and a community hall

With the onsite security installed when the development was built over 40 years ago, residents were at risk of failing products and latest trends in crime, including a rise in cylinder manipulation attack.

H Harrold & Sons was contacted to specify a suitable solution, to ensure residents safety and security. After trialling Mul-T-Lock’s specialist Break Secure XP cylinder with a high security sash lock, positive resident feedback ensured a successful installation throughout the 28 properties on site.

A spokesperson for Firth Homes said: 
“We have a duty of care to our elderly residents. The average age at our homes continues to rise and this presents added considerations. We wanted a lock that offered us the highest security and would be easy to use and simple to maintain. And the resident feedback to Mul-T-Lock’s solution is unanimously positive.

“It has been a big project and the result is very reassuring for the Trustees. Not only does it make our residents feel more safe in their own home, but they found the design of the key and its orientation in the lock much easier to use and now every resident can now locate the key correctly at the first attempt compared with other locks.
“This is important because most of our residents will at some time become visually impaired and some will suffer with stiff or painful fingers or knuckles. We’re confident that properties will remain secure for years to come without compromising ease of access.”

Mul-T-Lock’s Break Secure XP cylinder is purpose designed so that the front of the cylinder deliberately snaps under attack at a particular breaking point, leaving the main portion of the cylinder intact and fully functioning. It is supplied with Mul-T-Lock’s double-sided key that can be used either way to open the lock.


Robert Campbell of H Harrold & Sons added: 
“For all properties, we replaced existing locks with Mul-T-Lock’s Euro sash lock cases and Break Secure XP cylinders to form a very high level of security. In addition, we supplied keys with colour coded pip identification as a part of the key control system.”

Break Secure XP offers a high security solution, being one of just a few cylinders that has been awarded the coveted BSi Kitemark TS007 3* accreditation, without the need for a security handle or escutcheon to be used

Steve Ross, Managing Director of Mul-T-Lock concluded: 
“Survey after survey has shown the elderly tend to have the highest “fear factor” of burglary. Here, H Harrold & Sons has presented a Mul-T-Lock solution that ticks all the boxes for the social housing provider, in delivering the latest industry lock cylinder standards, whilst remaining easy to operate for residents, and still protecting their homes against crime.”

For more information on Mul-T-Lock’s Break Secure XP cylinder range, please visit www.breaksecurexp.co.uk

For all other enquiries, please visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.

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