Caught in the act

A video of thieves trying to break through a door with an Ultion cylinder for more than three minutes – and failing – has been posted on the @UltionLock Twitter feed by a happy homeowner.

Amjid Khan was out for the day when his neighbours called him to say they thought someone had tried to break in.

“When I got home, I saw the house was secure but someone had snapped the handle and the external barrel of the cylinder lock,” he said. “However, the main part of the cylinder was still in the door and stopped the burglars getting in. When I saw what happened I contacted a locksmith immediately, and later that day I tweeted to recommend Ultion to everyone I knew.”

Nick Dutton, CEO of Brisant Secure, which makes Ultion, said: “The two sacrificial sections on Ultion had been snapped and the cylinder had gone into ‘lock-down mode’. The burglars couldn’t get to the attack lock because it was protected deep inside a solid molybdenum core – 25% denser than iron – and secured with a dedicated retaining pin. You can hear how easily the handle got snapped off, but they couldn’t open the door because Ultion was still secure.”

Amjid has a video doorbell fitted and recorded two burglars trying to break in, and one asks the other for a screwdriver before admitting defeat.

“The Ultion lock came as standard on my door,” Amjid said. “I’d asked the installer for a decent lock but didn’t realise how it was until after the fact. I’m just so glad it stopped them getting in. It looks like they tried for more than three minutes.”

Watch the full break-in video at