Defeat Bolt Cutters
“A determined thief with an angle grinder and enough time can cut through nearly any lock,” says Master Lock's Justin Matuszek. “But more often, the thief has a bolt cutter and is trying to work fast.” He says the thicker a lock's shackle and the less it's exposed, the more secure the lock is from bolt cutters. And the kind of locking mechanism makes a difference in how easily a lock can be picked. The keyed padlock and the both resist bolt cutters. Both are available at amazon.com. Plus, here's how to choose the best security chain.
Ball-Bearing Locking Mechanisms Are Tougher
Padlocks with ball-bearing locking mechanisms are harder to pry open, and those made of boron are 50 percent harder than hardened steel. Master Lock Magnum Keyed Padlocks are available at home centers and amazon.com. Plus, are smart locks for you? Learn about keyless entry, Bluetooth, and more.