Locks to use for your outside areas
We may tend to forget that we may have some valuable belongings which we wouldn’t be happy to lose or getting robbed of, which includes all the expensive grass cutters and other gardening machines, other tools not to mention the garage which can be vulnerable enough especially when it has an additional entrance inside your home. Let’s see what’s approved and what’s not by home insurance companies.
Bolts and latches
Bolts especially steel ones can prove a good protection, however they must only be used as an additional way of securing a door from the inside, next to another standard lock.
There are two key types of padlocks, closed shackle and open shackle ( old style) padlocks. Let’s see the key difference between these two:
- Closed shackle padlocks: These are the most modern padlocks out there. They differ from the ordinary padlocks as in looking like a ring surrounding the shackle so close that it’s almost impossible to cut in the normal way. These closed shackle padlocks are normally used on garden doors, shed doors and all sorts of gates. Be mindful however, whether the doors or gates are naturally strong and tall enough to prevent anyone from jumping or climbing through. The closed padlocks are approved by home insurance companies
- Open shackle padlocks: these are the classic, old style padlocks which are generally not approved by insurance companies because the smaller ones are easy to cut through. Although there are large cut-proof open shackle padlocks out there which are safe enough, and even those which only open to a specific numeric code, you must first consult your insurer to learn whether they approve it or not.
Other vulnerabilities that need fixing before you turn to locksmiths in Poole:
A lock is not worth much if the door it protects is vulnerable on its own. Let’s see a couple of handy examples for that:
- Old wooden barn doors: these are very easy to kick in or break through as the wood is way too used to be able to hold on to any of those attacks. Have your barn doors reinforced with steel or change it to a steel supported hardwood covered door.
- Barn doors without a concrete base at the bottom or on the top: a door is not that much of worth even with a good lock, if a burglar can dig through from the bottom or go inside over the door.
- The whole building’s condition: let that be a barn a shed or an alone-standing building if it’s made out of a weak or weakened material where someone doesn’t even need to go through the door, then no lock can protect the building. Also, it’s time to turn to fire-proof solutions too. Check out a door supplier for handy options.
Locksmiths in Poole are great to have your door mended, your lock replaced and the supportive items reinforced you need to make sure to do some more if you see your garden buildings would not be able to withstand any outside pressure. Or at the very least, don’t store anything of higher value in them.