Security Without Size: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Padlock

Perfect PadlockThere are only ever two reasons for a person to purchase and use a padlock. The first is to prevent theft, the second is to prevent unauthorised access. Regardless of which one you have, it is important to find a padlock you can rely on. Locksmiths from advise buyers to take note of a padlock’s security rating. They stress, however, that there are manufacturers who place an arbitrary, non-standard rating on their products. This does not necessarily mean a particular padlock is unreliable, but there is no way to corroborate the rating without breaking the padlock yourself.

The best practice would be to find a padlock with a standard rating — a number awarded by a security authority to products that pass their benchmark for minimum performance for locks and cylinders. In addition, buyers must consider the following factors before selecting a padlock to use:

  1. The value of the item or area being secured:

Use a padlock that corresponds to the level of threat you anticipate. High-value items or high-security areas will attract thieves or intruders more determined to break-in. Only use the less costly, low-grade padlocks for items or areas less likely to be compromised. Any decent padlock would work better as a deterrent.

  1. The reliability of the fixture it will be fastened to:

You can purchase the most advanced, most expensive padlock there is, but if it is placed on a flimsy fixture, you may have just given the thieves another item to take. Set a high standard for your security’s ‘weakest link’ and make improvements accordingly.

  1. The need for special keying options:

Access is an issue when the padlock’s owner loses it, or unauthorised people gain it. Select a keying option that counteracts potential unauthorised duplication or key theft.

Padlocks may be among the simplest means of securing property, but with a number of options available, choose one most suited to your needs.