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How To Choose Your Next Padlock

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

How To Choose Your Next Padlock

You want to make informed decisions when purchasing padlocks to ensure your belongings and properties are secured.

Throughout this article, our experts provide a comprehensive guide to help you make the right choice for your security needs.

So, how do you go about selecting the best padlock for you?

Selecting the best padlock for your needs

When purchasing padlocks, there are some key points you might be interested in considering, especially if you’ve never purchased a padlock before:

1. Security Features

One of the most important factors to consider is the security features of each padlock, for example, how resistant the padlock is to picking, bumping, and other forms of tampering.

Information about the type of shackle and the locking mechanism and keying option is also important. Some padlocks open and lock using a key, combination code or even thumbprint – so be sure to pick the one that meets your preference.

2. Strength and Durability

Another vital consideration to think about is the strength and durability of the padlock. This involves the materials used, weather resistance, and the level of force required to break or damage the lock.

To determine how strong or durable your lock needs to be, you’ll need to think about the application of the lock. Will it be used outdoors, on a gate, a locker, a storage unit, or a bike lock?

A strong padlock made from hardened steel will be required for high theft-risk areas such as lockups to deter and stop thieves from breaking in. Whereas with less risky uses such as gym lockers, a standard brass model will be perfectly suitable.

3. Compliance and Certification

Be sure to check that the padlock you want meets specific security standards or certifications, especially if you’re using it in a professional or regulated setting.

A padlock’s CEN grade will signify how secure it is, with one being the least secure up to seven, the highest security rating. CEN stands for Central European Norm and is the testing standard used across Europe.

4. Size and Fit

It's important to know if the padlock will fit the specific application you have in mind. The dimensions of the padlock, especially the shackle length and thickness, will inform you whether it can be used in your intended setting.

5. Price

Pricing is a key consideration, especially if you’re working on a budget. Like most things, you’ll typically pay more for top-grade padlocks with more advanced security features. However, if it offers good value for the security it provides, it’s worth paying the higher price.

6. Brand Reputation

It’s best to look for padlocks from reputable brands known for their quality and security standards. This helps to give you peace of mind when securing your goods. Plus, prestigious manufacturers such as Yale, Abus and Mul-T-lock are likely to offer a warranty if the padlock experiences issues over time.

Need help selecting your next padlock?

If you’d benefit from further guidance when purchasing locking devices for any application, our experts are on hand to support you. To get in touch with our team, don’t hesitate to call us on 0330 174 0851

Author: SJW

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