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Kenrick’s Excalibur RASP for Wakefield and District Housing

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) has chosen the Excalibur RASP bump and snap resistant cylinder system from Kenrick to provide high levels of security to its properties within the area.

Working alongside West Yorkshire Police, WDH was keen to upgrade some its 31,000 properties to a system that was capable of resisting lock bumping and lock snapping. Having reviewed many different systems on the market, they opted for the Excalibur RASP system because it can be easily retro-fitted and offers superb security at a very reasonable cost.

The Excalibur RASP (which stands for Resistant Against Snapping and Picking) is the first cylinder available on the market to be kitemark approved and to have achieved full accreditation for the stringent PAS 24 standard, including the new clause 11a that covers severe physical attack on the lock cylinder. It is also independently tested by the Master Locksmith Association for BSI and has been awarded Secured By Design accreditation.

Kevin Needham, Rapid Response Manager at WDH, said: “We are aware of new break-in techniques and work closely with West Yorkshire Police to find ways to minimise them. We rigorously tested the Kenrick Excalibur RASP system ourselves and found it to be very reliable. It is also much more cost effective to change the cylinder in an existing system than having to upgrade to a new door handle or lock. We’re very confident that the Excalibur RASP will be a great asset to us in increasing the security of our properties and giving peace of mind to the people who live there.”

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) became the largest single housing stock transfer organisation in 2005, taking responsibility for over 31,000 homes in the Wakefield district. It employs over 1,400 people and is among the top ten employers in the area. WDH is spending £720 million on refurbishing tenants’ properties. WDH’s unique partnership with West Yorkshire Police, through its Tenancy Support Team, is reducing anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime on housing estates.

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established By Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point window shootbolt are extremely cost effective and easy to install.



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Archibald Kenrick

Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd was founded in West Bromwich in the Black Country in 1791 and has occupied the same site ever since. During the Industrial Revolution, the business became one of the country’s foremost cast iron manufacturers, something which continued for over 150 years. In the late 1940s, technological advances meant that Kenrick modernised rapidly, introducing new manufacturing techniques such as die-casting and injection moulding. Similar but evolved techniques are still used by Kenrick today.

Kenrick currently offers a variety of products for the furniture, door and window industries including castors, locking systems, handles and hinges. The majority of these products are either made on site in West Bromwich or at their overseas factories to a high standard. The design and innovation is carried out by Kenrick’s own experienced team.

In 1990, Kenrick became part of the Spire Group. It remains committed to investing in research and development, modern production techniques, new product launches and plans significant expansion over the coming years

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