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The eagerly-anticipated domestic lock cylinder standard -Technical Specification 007 (TS 007) – for cylinders and associated security hardware, has now been published.

The Kitemark security retrofit standard features enhanced security performance requirements for replacement lock cylinders and associated security hardware such as handles. It enables lock and hardware manufacturers, suppliers and installers to give vital security assurance to householders. The correct combination of lock cylinders and protective handles or hardware that carry the Kitemark to TS 007 will resist cylinder snapping, bumping and other forms of cylinder attack. The TS 007 Kitemark has been developed by the Door & Hardware Federation and the Glass & Glazing Federation with consultation and support from leading industry associations and from Secured by Design, the police security initiative.

The standard is the industry response to

growing concerns that an increasing number of homes are under threat from burglars who learn lock attack techniques from the

internet. If external doors or locks comply with the latest security standards (PAS 24 for doors and BS 3621 for locks) then they will already offer cylinder protection. However, the majority of existing domestic doors do not comply and TS 007 provides the means to upgrade them to resist cylinder attack. The new TS 007 specification has been modelled on the cylinder security requirements of the long established PAS 24, the security “gold standard” for domestic doors that come pre- fitted with security locking systems.

The TS 007 standard incorporates the use of

a Kitemark symbol and star ratings that range from one to three stars. TS 007 is designed as a three star solution. Security can be achieved by either a combination of a cylinder (marked with one star) and security door furniture such as a strengthened door handle (marked with two stars); or a “super cylinder” (marked with three stars) that successfully resists snap attack. In both cases, the same degrees of resistance against attack will be provided.

Said Michael Skelding, DHF secretary and

general manager: “The flexibility to meet the TS 007 Kitemark standard by either


In a year that sees Britain celebrate both the Olympics and the Royal Diamond Jubilee, new, UK-based hardware company Debar is flying the flag with a British product that is already boosting business in a big way.

With around 18 years’ experience in the bifolds market, Debar’s owner and MD, Graham Fawthrop, knows the market well. He told Clearview: “I could see that trade customers were ready for a new hardware product that addressed some of the problems they had. The choice for the trade was limited, with most systems houses making their own hardware from scratch. But the strength of most of these handles is simply not sufficient to manipulate the heavy door panels, often

needing to have a D handle ‘pull hinge’ to compensate. Architects had a need to specify matching hardware for discerning customers buying bi-folding doors and with only leading German manufacturers producing anything like an adequate product, it was clear to me that the market needed a UK manufactured product with strength and looks to match.”

Graham’s fabrication experience ensured he

fully understood the cost implications of making a quality product – but at the right price.

“We have worked closely with British design

engineers and British suppliers to produce high quality handles that work consistently and to a high standard. Our product has strength, aesthetically appealing sight-lines, comes in a wide range of finishes and is available for

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trade customers to buy direct from Debar, the manufacturer. Response from the trade has been excellent so we know we are getting it right,” Graham added.

Their formula is working so well that the

company already has expansion plans in place and is currently developing more products tailored to the bi-fold door market, again working with UK based suppliers and engineers.

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cylinder alone, or a combination of star-rated cylinder and door handles or hardware, is fundamental to the success and long term future of the standard. If a manufacturer or supplier of a lock cylinder can meet the TS 007 standard by offering an uprated three star cylinder alone, then that’s completely acceptable. It is equally acceptable to employ a combination of uprated cylinder and security door furniture to achieve the three star status. Along with the police and security professionals, we are acutely conscious that burglary techniques are constantly evolving and that methods of attack are publicised on the internet. As manufacturers we need to keep one step ahead, and the ability of being able to use both cylinder and door handles or hardware upgrades to achieve TS 007 gives us this vital flexibility.”

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