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What is the best padlock to lock a garden shed?

  The best padlock to lock up your shed will need to be weatherproof and suitable for the job in hand. Here are some tips to help you decide what type of padlock you should consider. As the padlock will be used outdoors, people often presume that you need to use a marine grade padlock. […]

Which high security padlocks meet CEN 5/6 insurance ratings?

Squire’s high security Stronghold padlocks head up their CEN rated range meeting CEN 5 or 6 respectively. 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. They are available in key differ or keyed alike options in both the […]

What is the best high security padlock I can use by the sea?

When looking for a high-security padlock for use by the sea, then the latest addition to the Abus Granit range is definitely one to consider. The marine grade Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. The use of stainless steel […]

What is the best padlocks to lock site toolbox?

Most site toolboxes have cut-aways for two padlocks. By using keyed alike padlocks you could have both padlocks that open with the same key. Where you have sites with multiple boxes we are able to offer different colour padlocks or the option of engraving for easy identification.   If your box fittings can take a […]

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 […]

Which range of high security padlocks cover different needs?

When you have a site that requires high-security padlocks but with different sizes and key options it can be hard to know where to start. Selecting a range of padlocks like the Abus 83 series could be the answer. You know you are getting great quality across all the padlocks and can select the right […]

What are insurance rated CEN padlocks and does price matter?

CEN grades are security ratings for padlocks. Often insurance companies will tell you that your padlock needs to conform to a certain CEN grade. Grading goes from 1 to a maximum of 6. This does not mean that a CEN 6 is six times stronger than a CEN 1, it means it is 720 times […]

Which hasp & staple is CEN insurance rated?

This is a good question and the short answer is none. This is because there is not a CEN grading system for hasp & staples. We have customers ask for a hasp & staple that is CEN rated since their insurance companies have said they need to match the hasp to their CEN rated padlock. […]

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 […]