Protect your outhouses - choose a safe lock
While you are sleeping peacefully at home, thieves may be breaking into your garage or shed.
Usually people put emphasis on their house safety, but securing the property in outhouses is neglected. In order to avoid problems with thieves and police, you should start acting immediately.
Look over your outhouses’ locks, and if necessary, replace the old ones with new and more secure ones.
On our experience, people do not often want to spend a lot of money on outbuildings’ locks. They attempt to cope with cheaper solutions. In fact, you should spend on the lock at least 20 % of the cost of the protected valuables. Valuables mean everything which offers a thief some interest.
Secret lock and rim lock
When locking the shed, it is often used any kind of padlocks. Those are easy to use, and usually, padlocks are cheap. However, those cheap locks can be quite weak. Mainly because the lock body and shackle are weak and the keys are quite small.
It is quite a misunderstanding that a large lock is a secure lock. Mostly, those big locks are made of soft metal, and do not provide good protection against burglary. You should check if the lock handle is tempered, and the mortise lock is made of brass or steel – then we can talk about whether the big lock is a secure lock.
How to choose a padlock
While selecting a padlock, you should keep in mind what kind of values it is going to protect. If you are using a cheap Chinese lock, everyone can break it off. We suggest a decent 3-5 grade Abloy padlock, so that every thief will walk back home.
However, a decent padlock does not give enough protection. You have to choose the right kind of padlock hasps, based on the security class. The cheaper the padlock is, the easier it is to break the hasps.
Mostly, those cheap padlock hasps are made of sheet iron, which are easy to break with a lever, or cut through with a forceps. Sometimes the padlock hasp has even visible screws.
We suggest you to use decent padlock hasps, which partially hide the lock. That kind of hasp, which is fastened through the door by round head bolts, gives a better protection against burglary.
Fasten your valuable facilities
You can attach your valuable facilities to a solid construction. For this, you should use the padlock and a hardened chain. You can find those in any length and diameter. The thicker the chain, the more resistant it is to breaking and cutting.
If you are keeping your bicycles, motorcycles, or scooters in the shed, you should always lock them.
Pay attention to the kids
Do you know those well-known movie tricks, when a burglar opens the door with a hairpin or a paper clip? Well, it is actually possible. If the padlock is small, it has less locking disks. If there are few locking elements, it is easier to crack the lock.
Lock picking does not leave visible traces. Therefore, it is possible to accomplish the theft, which remains unnoticed for a while. In this case, traces may be gone, and police are not able to detect the theft.
Many thefts are committed because of opened doors. Always check that the door is closed and locked!