Whether you need a new padlock for your storage unit, backyard gate or gym locker, you need to make sure you’re buying the best. After all, you’re getting the padlock to protect your valuables, and it doesn’t make sense to find the cheapest option at your local hardware store. If you really want to keep your items safe, it’s important to find a padlock that will stand up against the brute force and advanced lock picking tools of experienced thieves. Still, with thousands of available options in the marketplace, it can be hard to pick the right one out of the sea of possibilities. Thankfully, a little knowledge can go a long way. At Top Atlanta Locksmith, we’ve worked with many residents and businesses in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Suwanee, College Park and other surrounding Metro Atlanta area communities. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about what kind of locks are most dependable.
To know which padlocks are most appropriate for your situation, it’s important to first understand how criminals bypass them. There are various methods, but most thieves will try techniques that take little time and are the most inconspicuous. If breaking or picking the lock takes too much time or requires a lot of tools, they risk getting caught. Most thieves who are looking for a quick payoff will simply move on to another lock if they can’t easily get through yours. Lock picking tools are cheap and easily purchased from a variety of sources online. Most commercial padlocks are easy to pop open within seconds using these simple and widely available tools. If picking the lock doesn’t work, some burglars will carry cable cutters around with them, and will slip the blades around the U shaped metal bar and cut the padlock loose. If someone is more determined, or if a criminal is specifically targeting your property, they may go to more extreme measures and attempt to drill or torch their way through. However, these circumstances are rare.
In an attempt to deter criminals who wish to cut through the padlock, these models will have the U shaped bar partially veiled. This will make it impossible for most cable cutters to fit through the opening.
To take the shrouded idea even further, many padlock manufacturers have created hidden shackle locks that are surrounded entirely by a protective metal coating. This means that there is no opening for someone to attempt to saw or cut.
Many smart padlocks have recently come on the scene. There are a wide range, including biometric models that require fingerprints and Bluetooth locks that you can control with your smartphone. Some locks like the WatchLock will allow you to monitor the location of your locks from across the world, and alert you when they are tampered with. These are a great option if you need a padlock for moving cargo and wish to keep an eye on the speed of delivery or the security of the package while it’s on the way to its destination.
If you need new locks for your home, car or business, call the experts at Top Atlanta Locksmith. Our team of dedicated specialists are always here when you need us, and are available 24 hours for emergency locksmith services. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule an appointment.