Bought as a simple ski lock. Lot cheaper than most ski locks, and probably more secure than most in that category. I consider it is a reasonably effective visual deterrent. It does not give high security - but then, what do you expect at just over a fiver. Not for use on anything too valuable, or where goods left in secluded spot where thief has time. But it would be hassle and noisy to break, and might just put someone off yours and onto someone else's property.