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 stronger than a CEN 1!

Whereas BSEN standards are based on quality, CEN gradings are bases on security. So although you will get plenty of padlocks that conform to the quantity standard, you also need to be aware of the security standard.

CEN 3 is considered high security so if you see a padlock that the manufacturer/retailer is stating as CEN 3 for less than £25 then I’d be very wary of it. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to comply to your insurance company’s demands and if you do not have the adequate protection as stated by the insurer, they may not payout in the event of you needing to make a claim.

We’re not sure how you’d stand from a legal point of view in trying to counterclaim against the manufacturer/retailer against any further loss but dealing with a break-in in the first instance is stressful enough without then having to try and sue a supplier.

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