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A guide to Sold Secure Padlocks

Sold Secure is one of a number of testing standards for locks and padlocks. You will see the name or logo on many bike locks and very occasionally on padlocks. Sometimes your insurance company might specifically ask you for a padlock with a Sold Secure rating of Bronze, Silver or Gold. The standard was originally […]

SEAP and CPNI Approved Padlocks

Important Note: SEAP (Security Equipment Assessment Panel) was renamed CPNI in 2013 so for all intents and purposes they are the same thing but many people still use the SEAP name, probably since it is slightly easier to remember.   CPNI stands for Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. They have many documents that […]

What is the best equivalent for the old Abus Buffo locks?

The Abus Buffo padlocks were discontinued several years ago and replaced by the Abus 23 series Discus padlocks. It is basically the same lock and the entry-level standard for Abus Discus locks. However, it still appears to be better than almost all other disc locks on the market, even if this is their cheapest version. […]

What is the best padlock?

Well that depends on what you intend it to be used for. As a guide you would probably regard the most secure padlock as the best. Others might regard the one most likely to resist the weather and give a long life of service as the best. For these reasons we’ll give you what we […]

What is meant by ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secure By Design’?

Sold Secure or Secure By Design are testing standards often quoted by Police and insurance companies when giving advice on selecting padlocks. Here we explain what they mean. Unfortunately this is a mistake on behalf of the Police and insurance companies. A few years ago a specification was written that included advice for locks and […]

Which padlock does my insurance company require?

Your insurance company is likely to ask you for one of the following padlocks: 1. You must have a 5 lever padlock 2. You must have a closed shackle padlock 3. You must have a CEN graded padlock of 3 or more 4. You must have a Sold Secure padlock It is firstly important to […]

What is the BS EN 12320 Padlock Grade?

BS EN 12320 is the UK equivalent and watered down grading system similar to that of the CEN Grades created by the Association of Building Hardware Manufacturers. It aims to provider the reader with a concise document which includes a summary of relevant sections from the European standard. Download your original copy here (800kb) The […]

What is the CEN grade and how does it relate to padlocks?

CEN grade is a testing standard for padlocks and stands for Central European Norm. Major padlock manufacturers came together to devise a testing standard that was relevant to padlocks. Before this testing system was brought in, some insurance companies tried to use the door lock and safe standards but it simply did not work. You […]