Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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Padlock for shutter control panel?

I have just installed a cover over our control panel for our security shutters. Out insurance company have requested that we lock this security cover with a padlock conforming to BS EN 12320 CEN Security Grade 4 or LPs1654 Grade 2+. Can you recommend a padlock that will conform to their requirements? Thank you for […]

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 […]

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 padlock does my insurance company require?

It is likely you will be asked for one of the following by your insurance company: 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 […]

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?

CEN means Central European Norm. It was devised some time ago when the major padlock manufacturers got together to devise a testing standard. Until then it was confusing since there were plenty of standards for door locks and safes but non for padlocks. Some insurance companies tired to use these standards in relation to padlocks […]