PADLOCKS are locks that are usually hung from a hasp or other locking hardware. Their vulnerability is the shackle – which, in the case of the conventional brass padlocks seen at right – can be easily cut in seconds using a bolt cutter – unless the shackle is protected. This type of lock should never be used outdoors to protect valuables.
A strong padlock will lock in two position – (heel-and-toe) and the better ones will be ball-locking. For an explanation of these concepts and to understand how to specify and order padlocks – please click on Padlocks – a guide prepared by David Miller.
Due to the prevalence of Crow-Bars used in burglaries it is now more important than ever to use heavier stronger padlocks with heavy steel bodies, and shackles that are not easily reached or cut. They must be hung on heavy hasps – otherwise the burglar will cut the hasp!
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