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Oftentimes, it’s necessary to keep larger items out of your way in your house, and keep them in your shed instead. But just because you don’t want them in your house does not mean they’re not valuable to you. You want to keep your belongings safe, and for items in your shed, that means investing in a good shed lock.
Breaking into a garden may be easy, but breaking into a shed doesn’t have to be.
We’ve handpicked 5 of the best shed locks out on the market today and our reviews are coming up shortly now for you to check out. After that we also have a buying guide for you which covers everything you might want to think about before you buy.
Following that, we also have a section where we answer your most frequently asked questions.
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Best Shed Lock – Buyer’s Guide
The materials your shed is made from will have a major impact on the type of shed locks you can install. For example, if your shed is made from plastic, you may not be able to install a deadbolt lock or a rim latch style lock.
Most sheds however can be made to be very reliably secure through the use of a hasp and padlock. Or more preferably, by using a sliding lockable padbolt together with a padlock.
In the interest of being useful to as many people as possible, this buying guide will concentrate on how to choose the best padlock for your shed, rather than on the less feasible shed lock options.
It’s important to mention at this point that means by which your padlock is attached to your shed door is just as important as the padlock itself. In order to keep your shed secure with your padlock you will also need a secure hasp or padbolt.
Type of Padlock
Most people are familiar with the type of padlock you open with a key, but as you’ve scrolled through our Top 5 picks above, you may have noticed that there are more types besides. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.
Of course, with regards to key padlocks, the real danger lies in the keys getting lost, or worse, stolen. If you go for a key padlock, you should always keep the key unseen from prying eyes, either within your house or on your person, preferably without any indication as to what it’s the key for.
Another option is to go for a combination padlock, where the correct combination of numbers has to be aligned in the correct order, in order for the padlock to unlock. With this method, you won’t have to worry about a family member losing their keys, and you won’t have to rack your brain trying to remember where you kept your spare.
However, you would have to remember the winning combination to open the lock, seeing as you can’t reset it until the lock has been opened.
Remembering a 4 digit number isn’t the hardest thing in the world however – we do it all the time with our debit and credit cards. But they are liable to forgetfulness. Or worse, you could set it to a memorable date so you won’t forget, and then some sneaky thief, possibly someone who knows you, could try and guess it – and get it right.
Where the latest innovation in padlocks comes in is in the fingerprint padlock. A fingerprint padlock will only open when it has identified an authorised user’s fingerprint. Not only does this design of lock eliminate any worry about keys that are easily lost or stolen, AND eliminate any worries concerning remembering or guessing of combinations, but it means your shed simply can’t be accessed by anyone who’s not authorized to open it.
That’s why we made a fingerprint padlock our Number 1 pick of the 5. Yes, it does cost more than the other types of padlock, but more often than not it will be worth it. Not only is it a lot less hassle than the other types of padlock, but if you’re using the shed for keeping something really valuable (like a motorbike) than you’re going to want the best level of security you can get.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make my shed more secure?
There are a variety of things you can do to improve the security of your shed once it’s in place. Getting the best possible padlock and hasp or padbolt is just one part of securing your shed.
Here are some ideas:
- Put anti-theft paint on the shed
- Obscure any windows
- Fit an alarm
- Lock large items together using a bike lock
- Replace or toughen up the hinges
How do you install a lock on a shed door?
Before you can use your padlock, you will need to attach either a hasp and staple to the door closure, or to be even more secure a padbolt. To see visually how to do this, there are plenty of handy videos on YouTube demonstrating just that. The important thing to remember when attaching a padbolt is to screw it in from the inside of the shed, not from the outside, so it can’t simply be unscrewed by a would-be thief.