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Coveted BSI Kitemarks for five lock manufacturers

BSI Product Services : 20 August, 2008  (Application Story)
European lock cylinder manufacturers gain Kitemarks from the British Standards Institution after passing extensive product testing
Five manufacturers of cylinder locks, among them some of Europe's largest and best known lock suppliers, have now had products approved in line with a new Kitemark scheme operated by BSI Product Services for lock cylinders.

The companies - KABA, Winkhaus, GTV UK, Assa Abloy and CISA - have gained approval to use the Kitemark on 15 types of cylinder. Other leading cylinder manufacturers, both in the UK and overseas, are also working towards achieving the coveted Kitemark for their products.

The new Kitemark scheme embodies a detailed evaluation of the cylinders in line with European standard EN 1303, together with an additional test designed specifically to evaluate the cylinder's resistance to the most significant emerging attack methods.

This clarification will make it easier for specifiers, purchasers and users of domestic cylinders for locks to identify products that offer enhanced security, since cylinders that bear the Kitemark are confirmed as highly resistant to existing and emerging attack methods.

For householders wanting to take extra security precautions, looking for lock cylinders with the Kitemark will give them reassurance.

Enhanced security lock cylinders bearing the BSI Kitemark also meet the needs of BS 3621 "Thief Resistant Locks" and PAS 24 "Enhanced Security Performance for Door Assemblies", both of which have recently been updated to address the emerging attack methods. Locks fitted with the cylinders therefore provide users not only with added security but also greatly enhanced peace of mind.

Supported by, among others, the insurance industry, the NHBC, the Master Locksmith's Association and the police, the Kitemark Scheme for lock cylinders is already attracting wide interest not only among manufacturers of locks, but also among companies that produce doors, windows and other fixtures and fittings that include locks. Favourable comments have been received from many significant interested parties.

"It is important to stay one step ahead of thieves, and to meet the police requirements for third-party certification on products. The BSI Kitemark Scheme satisfies both the SBD (Secured by Design) criteria, and also the needs of consumers. We fully support it," said Jon Cole, Licensing & Technical Manager, Association of Chief Police Officers, Crime Prevention Initiatives.

"As a major specifier, we recognise the benefits of third-party certification. In particular, the Kitemark Scheme for enhanced security cylinders offers independent assessment of security performance and covers emerging attack methods as well as relevant European standards," said Chris Powell of the London Housing Consortium.

"Security is a crucial issue, and we fully support the introduction of a Kitemark Scheme that addresses emerging attack methods," said Steffan George, Director of Business Development at the Master Locksmiths Association.
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