Given enough time and the right tools, any barrier can be penetrated.
The following forced attack standards specify a 400mm x 225mm hole be cut to allow entry (roughly the size of the Hatton Garden breach) in minimum set times using a specified range of tools.

In general, this specifies attack time (the time tools are engaged against the test piece) within a maximum test period that includes time for assessment, planning, swapping tools/blades, etc.

Hatton Garden Robbery hole dimensions

ModuSec Security Solutions:
Test Standards & Toolsets


UK Government forced entry standard to be specified for the protection of UK Government assets, information or critical national infrastructure.
For further details contact CPNI or call +44 (0)1202 827 696 (for authorized end users or their representatives only).

LPS 1175 SR1 to SR8

A commercial standard by LPCB recognized worldwide that uses a professional attack team that have full working knowledge of the materials and makeup of the test items. SR1 to SR4 largely use manual hand tools. SR5 and above includes a range of powerful, but commonly available battery powered cutting tools (see below). ModuSec is the only modular system approved to SR5 or above for walls and enclosures at any size. Testing includes all joints and fixings to existing building fabric, doors, etc. SR5 should be considered as appropriate for critical assets or vulnerable locations. ModuSec SR3/4/5 panels also provide secondary blast protection – tested with 100Kg of TNT.

EN 1630/EN 1627 RC1 to RC6

An EU standard for burglary resistance for building elements, including curtain walling. Not strictly certifiable for composite panel internal walling, but a ModuSec option was independently tested under EN1630/EN1627 guidelines to pass RC5. Similar toolset as LPS1175 SR5 but a longer attack/test period and tools are mains as opposed to battery powered. Testing of this option also indicated a ballistic resistance to EN1522 FB4 (.44 Magnum handgun).

LPS 1270

Security glazing unit requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval of intruder resistance. Consists of 3 digit score rating: 8mm x 25mm local penetration for a wire/60mm for hand hole (to gain access to a lock mechanism)/400mm x 225mm for complete access. The last digit directly correlates to tools and times for LP1175 ratings SR1 to SR5 with SR4/SR5 levels having ballistic resistance to EN 1063 to BR4/BR5 respectively. Available with 30 or 60 minute fire resistance. Windows or vision panels available to these standards in frames designed specifically for the ModuSec panels.

LPS 1175 Security Ratings (Test duration):
Brief description of intended protection levels

SR1 (1 minute attack in 10 minute test)

Opportunist attack by bodily force using minimal tools (e.g. screwdriver, knife, pliers, etc).

SR1 test tools
SR2 (3 minute attack in 15 minute test)

More determined opportunist attack with tools of a higher mechanical advantage (e.g. SR1 tools plus bolt cutters, claw hammer, drill, etc).

SR2 test tools
SR3 (5 minute attack in 20 minute test)

Deliberate forced entry of protected premises using bodily force and a selection of attack options (e.g. SR2 tools plus short axe, chisels, crowbar, gas torch, etc).

SR3 test tools
SR4 (10 minute attack in 30 minute test)

Experienced attempt at forced entry with higher tool levels (e.g. SR3 tools plus felling axe, sledgehammer, steel wedges, small disc grinder, jigsaw, etc).

SR4 test tools
SR5 (10 minute attack in 30 minute test)

Serious attempts at forced entry with top end battery power cutting tools used by fire and rescue teams (e.g. SR4 tools plus circular saw and the awesome 750W reciprocating saw with specialist blades). This is a massive step up in protection level from SR4 – using state of the art cutting tools. However these tools are readily available to anybody with serious intent.

SR5 testing
EN1630/EN1627 RC5
(15 minute attack in 40 minute test)

Serious attempts at forced entry attack with high end tools as SR5 but mains powered allowed. This means longer continuous cutting without having to change or run out of battery packs.

Further Enhanced Security

Further enhanced security against higher level tools like this petrol driven disc grinder, plus additional ballistic protection materials is available.

petrol driven disc grinder

Further Information

For expert advice on any of these standards please contact Remtech on +44 (0)1202 827 696 or use our contact link.