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I keep my gardening things in the shed which includes the lawn mower and other general items. A few years ago we had the lock forced and the shed broken into; simply so they could have a look round. We do not keep many valuables in the shed but the lawn mower is worth a bit and so is the strimmer. Although I imagine that if a burglar really wants to get in, he can; after all the shed is only made from wood, I went out and bought a high quality padlock to secure the lock with.
==Price and availability==
If you factor in the cost of having to replace your belongings every time someone breaks in then this will soon pay for its self. In actual fact the padlock costs £29.99 and can be bought from hardware stores such as Screfix and B&Q.
The padlock is quite weighty and is made from toughened stainless steel. It features hardened boron alloy steel shackles and the whole thing has a electrophoretic finish which prevents corrosion. The padlock has a shackle diameter of 10mm which makes the padlock really strong and hard to attack. The body of the padlock is 24 mm x 24 mm. The 10mm shackle does make it quite chunky so you need something fairly big to lock it on; it is suitable for garages, sheds and trailers for example. The lock mechanism features a 5 pin tumble cylinder which is controlled with a small key. You get two keys in the pack.
The lock is smooth and clicks open with ease when the key is inserted, yet when it is locked it is impenetrable. The padlock is top quality, so strong yet you can tell when you enter the key that the cylinder inside is made to a high standard as the lock seamlessly click open. To operate the lock you need to turn the key to the right and it will open the lock. To lock the padlock you need to push down on the shackle and insert it into the lock on the other side of the barrel. The shackle rotates which allows you to comfortably slip it over whatever it is you want to lock.
Over the time we have had the lock it has remained as smooth operating as it did on the first day of purchase. The exterior remains highly polished and the with a tiny splash of oil every now and then the shakle moves just as freely as it did when it was first manufactured. I know you should not compromise on quality when it comes to locks and home security but thirty pounds for a padlock is a lot of money. I'm hoping with the quality that it will last for an awful long time and stay with me protecting my shed from would be thieves.
I guess I have never seen the padlock come under any threat so I'm not sure how long it would take to cut through but I can imagine that it will take more than a hacksaw or bolt croppers to get through this. Just the sheer look of it should prevent someone doing anything to it (fingers crossed.)
If you want a high quality padlock then this one is a good call.
Padlocks Type: High Security Padlocks / 50mm hardened steel body and shackle. High security CEN 3 rated. BS EN 2320. Specifications: Body W x H x Th: mm. Max shackle W x H: 24 x 24mm. Shackle dia: 10mm. IS0 9001. Weight 0.49kg.