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How To Choose A Security Padlock

By Bruce McMartin

There is little worse than arriving home to find that your house has been burgled. Most people make sure their house is completely secure when they are not home, but many forget about the garden shed and garage. Your possessions that are stored in outbuildings also need protection from thieves. This can be achieved by the use of a security padlock, but which padlock is the right one for your needs?

Not locking your shed that contains all your tools is an open invitation for burglars to use your own tools against you. Hammers, saws and even gardening tools can be used to break into your house. And, don’t forget the expensive lawn mower you store there. The security on your house won’t protect it from being taken.

You can purchase padlocks that provide very high security to protect extremely valuable items in your garage or shed. Commercial businesses use this grade of padlock to secure their property. But, in most cases general purpose padlocks will do the job for residential requirements. And, to deter annoying nuisances, lightweight locks are available for your letterbox or children’s school lockers.

Padlocks are rated on their physical strength. In general this means the resistance to force which could be used to break the padlock. The resistance to pulling, twisting and cutting the shackle and drilling and sawing the body are some of the things tested. The higher the rating, the more secure the padlock will be.

Security is also important. Did you know that every padlock key is not unique? The number of different keys produced is important to understand the level of security offered. Of course there would be no point if the keys were all the same but, they can range from a few hundred differences to many thousands. You can also get high security with padlocks where the keys are traceable, and the owner or distributor has control over getting additional keys cut.

If your shed door is open to the elements you will need to look at locks rated for outdoor use. These come in two types. One is resistant to corrosion in all weather conditions including rain, hail and snow. The other is specifically designed to resist corrosion in environmental conditions such as the salt air along the coast. If your padlock is to be used indoors this level is not needed. A lock rated for usually dry or sometimes damp conditions will be fine.

You can also get accessories for padlocks including security rated chains. Lock accessories should have the same rating as the padlock purchased. A padlock is, after all, only as good as whatever it is attached to. Weather covers to protect locks from dust and weather conditions are also available.

Knowing the value of what you want to protect will help to determine what level of security padlock you will need. The next question to ask is what conditions the padlock will be subjected to. If it is open to all weather an external lock is the best choice. Understanding how ratings work will go a long way to making the right choice.

Bruce McMartin offers helpful information about security padlock. Check out his website to find out the different kinds of padlocks to choose from.

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McMartin, Bruce "How To Choose A Security Padlock." How To Choose A Security Padlock. 2 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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