What is CEN rating?

Author: Estefania Satterfield Jr.  |  Last update: Monday, July 4, 2022

THE CEN grade of a padlock stands for Central European Norm – it is a testing standard for padlocks. This is not simply a rating individual manufacturers given their own padlocks it is an independent testing body. In order for the padlock to achieve a certain CEN grade it must pass through a number of intensive tests.

What is the best grade for a padlock?

If you're looking for the highest security padlock to protect your buildings and belongings, then we recommend using a CEN grade 6 or 5 padlock, as these will provide the highest level of protection.

What are the grades of padlocks?

What is the CEN grade and how does it relate to padlocks?
  1. GRADE 1 – Low Security.
  2. GRADE 2 – Standard Security.
  3. GRADE 3 – Medium / High Security.
  4. GRADE 4 – High Security.
  5. GRADE 5 – Extra High Security.
  6. GRADE 6 – Maximum Security.

What do the numbers mean on padlocks?

A “Direct Code” is the exact numbers related to the cuts or the depths of each valley in your key. This is typically used to identify a specific key and how the lock should be combinated to allow the key to operate. For the most part, this happens from the lock manufacturer.

What does grade 6 on a key mean?

Grade 6 – Maximum Security. Grade 5 – Extra High Security.

Ratings Process

Is a Grade 7 GOOD?

A grade 7 is fantastic. That's like an A. If your getting a grade 7 right now then you'll be fine in your exams in May/June. Just keep revising and doing practice papers/ questions on topics you are struggling in.

What is a Grade 7 equivalent to?

According to Ofqual, the exams regulator, grade 7 is equivalent to an A. Grade 8 is considered a strong A and grade 9 an A*. Grade 4, a "standard pass", is equivalent to a C while grade 5 - also a C - is deemed a "strong pass" and grade 6 is equivalent to a B.

How do I know what key type?

Most lock manufacturers use a distinctive bow design to identify their keys. First try to locate one that matches yours. Also look to see if your keys has a name or any numbers or letters on them. Letter/Number combinations such as SC1, KW1, Y1 etc.

How do I know my key number?

Your key number is typically 1-2 letters (your Key Prefix), followed by 4 to 6 numbers (your Key Number). Some New York Lock models will have the number stamped on the keys following the sequence 2 letters and 4 to 5 numbers or on a metal tag on the original key ring. Some older keys will vary.

How do I find my key code?

Finding the key code
  1. In the documentation of the vehicle. Sometimes the key code is in the vehicle manual or on a label with the lock or key.
  2. On the key. It would be an engraved or hewn in code. ...
  3. On a metal plate in the glove department or elsewhere in the car.
  4. On the lock's housing.

What is a Grade 2 padlock?

A grade 2 security padlock will give you a 1000 key differs and will have some resistance against pulling, twisting and cutting of the shackle. A grade 3 security padlock will have 2500 key differs and its shackle will be about twice as strong as a grade 2 padlock.

What is a closed shackle padlock?

A common design is the closed shackle padlock. This means that the shackle is guarded in some way, making it more difficult to attack with a saw or bolt cutters. Usually the body of the padlock is extended upwards and around the shackle.

What is an insurance padlock?

Insurance Padlocks are rarely made with levers any longer and often insurance companies are confusing the standards for doors locks with padlocks. This basically means the lock has at least 5 spring loaded pins which lift up and down depending on the shape of your key.

What are the hardest padlock to pick?

ABUS Granit™: one of the world's most secure padlocks with a tensile resistance of over six tonnes. Granit locks have a tensile resistance of over six tonnes, making it almost impossible for attackers to release the shackle from the lock body by force.

Are alarm padlocks any good?

Alarm padlocks provide you with double the protection of a normal padlock – they offer the standard high level of protection that a padlock does, coupled with a loud siren which will sound when the padlock is tampered with. This means that the alarm sounds before any damage is done, keeping your items safe and secure.

Can you get key code from VIN number?

You may obtain the key code for a vehicle by providing the VIN to the vehicle manufacturer or vehicle dealer and request the key code. Note that this is useful only if the locks have never been changed to another key code. There are a number of "Code Brokers" who offer a service for getting the key code from the VIN.

Do keys have codes?

Keys are typically printed with an alphanumeric code called a key identification number, a key code or a key number that allows locksmiths and companies to replicate keys without the need to install a whole new lock system. Key codes fall into two categories: blind codes and bitting codes.

Are all house keys different?

While there is seemingly scope for every door lock in the world to require a unique key, reality is that a limited number of different key and door lock combinations exist. This is simply because key and door lock manufacturers don't need to go through the hassle of making each door lock unique.

What do the numbers mean on a key?

The numbers relate to the cuts or depths on the key that allow a lock to open. These are usually found on sets of door locks that can be purchased at a hardware store or Big Box Home improvement store but sometimes other locksmiths will stamp them on the key.

Are old keys worth anything?

Most individual skeleton keys sell for $10 or less, but certain styles can be worth much more. Keys with fancy bows, interesting engravings, a fascinating history, or other special features can be worth hundreds of dollars.

How do I know if I have master key?

You can test whether or not you have a Master key by watching the Security light as you insert your key into the ignition. If the Security light turns off immediately after insertion of the key, it is a Master key.

Is a Grade 6 GOOD?

Grade 6 indicates a good level of achievement and will help support progression into higher education and future employment.

What is a fail in GCSE?

Should students fail Maths or English, meaning getting a grade below 4, resitting is compulsory. If a student wants a higher mark than a pass in Maths and English – 4 or above – they may have the possibility to resit an exam.

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