Securing Your Storage Locker (Check Out These Top Locks)
Every year, thousands of people lock up thousands of dollars’ worth of belongings in a storage locker and then use a $5 padlock to secure it. The result? Valuable, irreplaceable items are stolen from storage lockers every day.
The good news is that you have the opportunity to protect your belongings before it’s too late. In addition to choosing the right storage facility to ensure your belongings are as safe as possible, it’s critical that you choose the right lock for your storage locker. Here, we’ll share with you the two most common and secure types of locks you can choose from, as well as the best of each kind that are on the market today. By doing your research, you can store your items in confidence.
When choosing a storage company, look for a company in a secure neighborhood. Ensure that they have additional security measures in place, such as a high fence. Finally, choose a company that surveils the area with video cameras that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While cameras won’t necessarily prevent theft, they do increase the chances of recovering your missing items should they be stolen from your storage locker. In some cases, cameras effectively scare thieves away.
There are two types of common, effective locks used to secure storage lockers: padlocks and disc locks.
Padlocks are very common. In fact, almost everybody has used a padlock at some point in their lives, and most people have a padlock lying around their home or garage. Of all your options, padlocks are easiest for burglars to tamper with or break. Padlocks are a great option for securing low-value belongings but are usually not the best option when securing items of high value.
If you do choose to use a padlock, here are some of the best on the market. These padlocks are difficult to impossible to pick and built to prevent being cut or broken open.
- M3 Shrouded Padlock by Medeco
- Granit by Abus
- Hardened Steel Padlock by Stanley
- PL 362 by Abloy
- Hi-Shear Padlock
When you’re on the hunt for a padlock designed to protect high-value belongings, there are a few important things to look for ensure your unit is secure. The core should be resistant to picking, which is determined by the number and type of pins within the core. The shroud should adequately prevent cutting or removal of the lock and the shackle could contain ball bearings and the shackle should release on both ends for added security. We know it sounds complicated; at Great Valley Lockshop, we would love to take the time to help you find one that meets your needs.
Disc locks are most commonly used to secure storage lockers. Not only were they specifically designed to secure self-storage lockers, they have proven to be the most difficult lock to cut because the shape of the lock makes the hasp very difficult to access.
Disc locks offer a wide variety of benefits. They are very difficult to cut, they are comparable in cost to padlocks, and some insurance companies even offer perks and savings for using a disc lock to protect your valuable items.
When choosing the appropriate disc lock for your storage locker, you should choose the largest disc lock that will fit. The larger the lock, the more difficult it will be for a thief to get into your locker. Without further ado, these are some of our favorite disc locks on the market:
- Detecto 7000 RSI by ABUS
- Micro Disc Lock by Mammoth
- Monster Disc Lock by Oxford
- Nemesis Classe SRA by Oxford
- Maxi Disc Lock by Mammoth
Choosing the right lock can be difficult, especially when you’re using it to secure belongings that either have a high monetary value or a high personal value. Trust the experts at Great Valley Lockshop to help you find the right lock for your needs. Call us today at (610) 644-5334 or request a free quote online to explore your options.