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What is the best padlock to lock a garden shed?

We often get asked what the best padlock is to lock up a shed. Not as easy to answer that question as you might think. One of the things you will need to think about is the fittings you have in place, as this will determine the size of padlock you are able to use. […]

Do you need high security padlocks that meet insurance CEN ratings?

If you are looking for a high security padlock that meets many insurance company requirements, then the Squire Stronghold range could be just the thing. Squire’s high security Stronghold padlocks head up their CEN rated range. They are available in key differ or keyed alike options in both the open or closed shackle, giving great […]

Welcome to the new high security marine grade padlock!

Abus have introduced a fully marine grade high security padlock into the Granit range. The Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. Stainless steel is known to be a softer metal than hardened steel but Abus have brought both strength […]

What is the best way to lock our site tool boxes?

We use site boxes for our contractors and need to lock them off to keep the contents secure. They have cut aways for two padlocks. Would we be able to have the two padlocks open with the same keys? Also, as we have more than one box on site, are we able to mark the […]

Do you need a high security padlock that is happy in all weathers?

For those wanting something from our higher security range there is the Abus Extreme 83WP/53 padlock, complete with high security features and yet highly weatherproof. The hardened alloy steel shackles, anti-pick barrels and the increased security technology of the double ball bearing locking mechanism, makes this lock an ideal high security measure. The incorporation of […]

We need different levels of high security padlocks. Is this something you can do?

We need a couple of different sized padlocks but we are not sure which will suit us best. For some of our sites we need the highest security you have but there is also a number of places where security is required but not quite at the same level. Also, for the highest security padlock, […]

I have been instructed to buy a CEN3 padlock by my insurance company. What is the difference between a £10 one and a £35 padlock?

Quite often insurance companies will instruct you to ensure that you have padlocks that conform to a certain CEN grade. CEN grades are a security rating whereas BSEN standards are based on quality, so you’ll get plenty of padlocks that conform to the quantity standard, but you need to be aware of the security standard […]

Is there a CEN rated Hasp & Staple?

These are the requirements from the insurance company. “If external, it must be used with a padlock conforming to BS EN 12320 Security Grade 5 (including amendments) . If the locking bar is internal, it must be used with a padlock conforming to BS EN 12320 Security Grade 4 (including amendments). The padlock bar must […]

Attack / Strength testing of padlocks

You may have read the Insurance Grading article also and noticed that there are specific strengths that a padlock must meet in order to gain a specific insurance grade. As such, many of the major manufacturers have testing facilities to ensure their products meet the grade before taking them to market. Below is a video […]

A guide to the LPS 1654 standard for padlocks

LPS 1654 is a standard that was produced by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB). The LPCB is not a board ‘per-se’ but a brand name of the BRE Group which produces testing standards. The standard itself focuses on the time taken to compromise a padlock and gain access to the object / property it […]