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The best lock to use on your Self Storage unit!

Aug 13. 2015

Here at our self storage facility in Wolverhampton, we know the security of our customer’s items is paramount importance. You want your items to be safe and secure at all times. You look for security cameras, surrounding fences with restricted access and a manager on site regularly. However, one step that many people overlook is choosing the best lock for your storage unit. Having the right lock for your storage unit is your last bit of protection in the unlikely event of theft.

Just using a padlock you have at home to save money may be a mistake. You need to keep in mind that if something bad were to happen, that lock is there to keep out unwanted visitors – or let them in if you choose poorly.

We will give you some information on some of the different types of style of locks you can purchase, looking at the most common locks on the market and some advantages and disadvantages of both.

The Keyless Lock
This lock as explained by its name means it requires no key. Instead you either punch in a series of numbers or use a dial to enter the combination. The advantages of this style of lock are there are no keys, which means no keys to lose and you can give others you trust the code to gain access at your discretion. However it’s important to remember your code so you do not lose entry to your self store unit. This kind of lock is not recommended for an outdoor facility as it is possible to be cut open with bolt cutters or a hack saw.

The Padlock
Padlocks also known as cylinder locks, because pins inside a cylinder are manipulated to a specific position so they key that is cut to fit it can open the lock. You typically see these on outdoor sheds, lockers and for small items like you luggage etc. Only the person with the key will have access to your belongings and if you lose the key they can be rekeyed easily, without having to remove the lock. However, it is possible to pick the lock on these sorts of keys if the person has time and is not being monitored.

The Disk Lock
This type of lock is considered the industry standard, there are many advantages of choosing a disk lock. To start, they were specifically designed for self storage facilities and so are recommended as the go to lock to use. The locks cannot be removed with bolt cutters because the hasp is designed in such a way that it cannot be reached. Also, hitting this lock with a hammer will not break it as compared with other locks and picking this type of lock is more difficult than others. Without the necessary time and tools it is virtually impossible to remove, it actually needs to be grinded off. Which if any unauthorised person did try would cause quite a lot of noise. Although it may cost slightly more than normal padlocks, it is definitely worth it to keep your belongings extra safe.

Besides the style of lock you use, you need to consider its size. All locks are measured across the width. You need to make sure the size of the lock you are using will fit the latch on your self storage unit.

Here at Burke Bros Self Storage in Wolverhampton, we want our customer’s belongings to be as self as possible! Using the best lock for you and your self storage unit can guarantee your piece of mind. For more information or to book a self-storage room please call us on 01902 714555.

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