The MAX6MUM SECURITY Guide to Cylinders

Published on 13 April, 2017 | Blog

Your Guide

The cylinder is the part of the lock that your key goes into. Most people are completely unaware of how important the cylinder actually is, with many being sold having little to no security at all. With that in mind we are asking homeowners to check whether or not their cylinder has a BSI Kitemark, and if doesn’t, to replace it with one that does. Even with a good multi point locking system, if your cylinder has no additional security features to protect against lock breaking techniques, it can take a thief just seconds to defeat. It requires next to no skill or technique – meaning unfortunately almost anyone can do it.

The one sure way to be confident your lock can stand up against attack is to look our for the BSI Kitemark.

What is the BSI Kitemark?

It is easy to tell whether or not your lock is Kitemarked. It will simply display the Kitemark logo underneath where the key is inserted.


The Kitemark is a sign of quality and was introduced by the British Standards Institution. All Kitemarked products have undergone testing to prove their quality, and cylinders have been tested to prove they can withstand certain types of cylinder attack.

1 star cylinders have security features which cover many break-in techniques, from lock bumping to drilling attacks and picking.

The MAX6MUM SECURITY 1 Star Kitemarked Cylinder 

This cylinder is packed full of security features which protect against bumping, drilling and picking. It has sacrificial cut lines on either side of it which break away when force is applied – protecting the locking mechanism in an attempted lock snapping attack, and keeping it intact.

The anti-drill pins, hardened steel anti-pick pins and the unique and patented anti-bump system create an excellence defence against attack:

Lock Breaking Techniques our Cylinder Protects Against

Lock Picking – This is something we have all heard of and luckily it takes a fair amount of skill to pick a cylinder. It’s unlikely an amateur could do it quickly enough to get into a home without being noticed, but just in case, the MAX6MUM SECURITY 1 star Kitemarked cylinder comes installed with 3 anti-pick pins on either side, to ensure even if a skilled picker did come knocking (so to speak) you are covered.

Drilling Attacks – Drilling out a lock is another technique which can be used, but it a load and not so subtle method. It involves drilling out the cylinder and opening the lock with a screwdriver. If you live remotely and don’t think anyone would hear if someone took a drill to your door, then our cylinder can help as it includes 4 hardened steel ant-drill pins per side.

Lock Bumping – This kind of attack is increasing across the UK and is the process of a ‘bump key’ being places into the lock and then struck with something like a hammer. This opens the lock in seconds and take no skill at all. The MAX6 Cylinder features a patented anti-bump system like none other on the market. Other systems lock the cylinder up so anyone inside a property cannot get out, but our system leaves the lock operational from the inside.


Key Options

Cylinders are available in brass, nickel, polished chrome, flint and black; they come in a range of sizes, starting from 60mm to 110mm.

There are over 800,000 different key combinations and its unrestricted keyway makes it much easier for customers to get keys using the UAP key blank.

Full keyed alike and master suite services are available.

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