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What is the best way to make a discus padlock more secure?

Discus padlocks are quite secure already but sometimes they need extra protection when used in locations that have a higher risk of attack. The addition of a shroud with keyhole access is an ideal solution. This solution was used by Lincolnshire City Council when they wanted to make their existing set for the parking meters […]

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 are the different types of padlock?

Padlocks come in many shapes and sizes each with their own properties to increase security, make them more convenient to use or protect them from the weather. Here we explain their merits and what makes them ideal for different situations. The Closed Shackle Padlock A common design is the closed shackle padlock. This means that […]

What is a round disc padlock and when are they best used?

A disc, discus or round padlock is disc-shaped and has a curved shackle that goes right the way around its circumference. Due to their design, they have the status and security rating of a closed shackle padlock. They were initially designed to be used directly in conjunction with a hasp and staple. This means the […]