A Petworth landowner has praised the robustness of Zedlock gate locks following an unsuccessful break-in attempt on their land.
A Zedlock was fitted to the gate, which protects an area of forest just outside the town, in 2014, after a number of raves were held illegally in the woods. Neil Humphris, the Head Forester of Leconfield Estates, specified Zedlocks on a number of gates where padlocks had previously been fitted: ‘On a number of occasions padlocks were cut off and thrown away before the rave organisers moved in. Because there was no evidence that property had been damaged to gain entry, stopping and clearing the rave was much more difficult. Zedlocks are far more difficult to break and very easy to use, don’t rust and jam and you can have them all keyed-alike.’
On this occasion a vehicle, probably a 4×4, was used to attempt the break-in. Despite the fact that the gate and gate posts were wrecked during the attempt, the Zedlock held firm, keeping the would-be trespassers out. Furthermore, the Zedlock was still operational and when forestry workers arrived the following morning, they were able to unlock the Zedlock. Chris Boddington, of CB Forestry, comments: ‘Clearly they had repeatedly snatched at the gate with a rope or chain and both gate posts were pulled over by more than 45 degrees. We were able to unlock the Zedlock to gain access, though opening the gate was a two-man job because it was so bent. I’m certainly impressed with the durability of the Zedlock’.
The access is now protected by a new, heavy duty gate, fitted with a Zedlock.
Zedlock gate locks are available to suit the majority of metal and wooden gates, and distributed by Birkdale Sales, a manufacturer and wholesaler of ironmongery and gate hardware. It serves over 3500 outlets in the UK and Ireland. The full range of locks is also available online directly from Zedlock.
Zedlock was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Petworth, West Sussex. Managing Director, Bruce Robertson, originally designed the Zedlock (Patent No. GB2489293) as a secure and practical alternative to a padlock and chain. Since its introduction, further models and a range of accessories have been developed to widen the application of the lock.
Zedlock Limited, Unit 5, Old Station Yard, Station Road, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0JF.