The Best Locks for Your Self-Storage Unit

Friday, December 28, 2012

Even if your facility is located in a relatively crime-free area you should still purchase a durable lock. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you already know which storage facility you’re using, give them a call and ask them what type of lock they recommend. This is important to do, as facilities have various types of doors and handles. That being said, when it comes to self-storage, not all locks are created equal.

Cylinder Locks Much like the lock on the front door of your home, cylinder locks lock just into the inside of your storage unit, making them impossible to cut, pick, or drill through. These locks are fantastic, but most storage unit doors will only fit a specific size of cylinder lock, so you will have to purchase this type of lock directly from your facility.

Disc Locks Available at most hardware stores, disc locks are easily accessible and extremely durable. Although they cost more than your standard padlock, these locks fit snug around door latches, leaving no room for thieves to apply bolt cutters. Also, these locks are strike-proof, drill proof, and equipped with anti-pick pins.

Closed Shackle Padlocks This type of padlock looks a lot like a generic padlock; the only difference is the U-shaped shackle at the top of lock. If a padlock is your preference, go with the closed shackle model. You may be tempted to save money by purchasing a generic combination padlock, but we strongly recommend against this, as these can easily be broken into.

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