Go on spend five minutes and pop in to your shed or garage with a calculator, start totting up the value of what you have there, specially if you check it as replacement value.
Once you pass the hundreds, soon you will be into the thousands, then sit back and look at that £5.00 padlock that you bought from a local hardware store keeping all these goods secure.
The problem is the crims are also sussing this out as well, the chances of getting caught is greatly reduced, the crims window of opportunity is larger, they can make a little more noise as, possibly we will be watching the telly and would not hear what is going on outside.
OK, your getting the picture, your lawn mower was a couple of hundred quid, pressure washer a few more, tools, ladders, the list just goes on and on.
Most garage doors are up and over and about five + years ago a company called Pacri Security Products came to the British shores with a garage door lock that would push the nation to up their security. The benefit of this security lock was the amount of bolt throw it had, an amazing 2 inches (50mm), this had never been seen before on the market. Most manufactures bolts throw was relative to the turning circle of a key the longer the bit on the key the bigger the turning circle and in theory the longer the bolt throw. It has always been a problem in the UK that garage, gate and shed doors never really fitted that well and sometimes 16 mm of bolt throw was just not enough.
If you had a gap of say 10 mm between the door and frame, only 6 mm of bolt would be securing the door, a little flexing of the door and it could be springd open.
When Pacri Garage Door Bolts came on the UK Market from Brazil, at last there was a product that could shot a bolt longer and further, and basically, took hold of securing loads of garages and any gate, shed door where you needed that longer bolt throw. We sold these Pacri bolt by the bucket load and it was not long before the competition could see this small garage door bolt taking the UK by storm.
A few years on as with most good money spinners it was not long and every one had a door bolt using the cruciform key.
Where Pacri still makes the distinct advantages in this market is the fact they offer two versions. Version one is for metal doors where the key is a lot shorter than normal and the the other, with a longer key for wooden doors, as these bolts are fixed on the surface of the door, the key will need to be long enough to go through the door.
The cruciform style key is quite unique in the UK, the way it works, however, allows the lock to continue to turn and turn and thats one of the reason why they can get such a long bolt throw.
If you budget allows choose a genuine Pacri Garage door lock and expect to pay around the £60.00 mark, if you see them for sale around the £30.00 mark then probably it is not a genuine Pacri. The seller may be selling a Pacri Style Garage door lock.
Written by Darrel Walters
Head of the tech department
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