Which is the best Padlock for you?

You have done the research, the storage facility is chosen, you looked for all the things that mattered to keep your property safe and secure – individually alarmed units, CCTV security, fencing and swipe or pin card access gates – now it comes down to the last item on your security list, the lock.

There are so many different locks available for purchase and you may be tempted just to bring the one lying around idle at home but keep in mind that it is the last barrier between your property and potential theft no matter how secure your facility.

All locks have pro’s and con’s and we look at a few options so you can find the lock best suited to you.

DISC LOCK

For durability and ease, for me this comes out top every time!

Pros:

  • They cannot be be removed using bolt cutters
  • They are highly durable
  • You will need the key to open and close your lock meaning you cannot leave your key locked inside your storage unit!

Cons:

  • More expensive than other locks (but less expensive than replacing property)
  • It may not fit on the door (always check with your facility first what size the doors will take)

STANDARD COMBINATION LOCKS

These are my least favourite, the most easily removed.

Pros:

  • No key required
  • You can easily give others access to your unit if needed
  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Easily cut with bolt cutters
  • You can forget the code
  • Shoulder surfing, someone may see the code as you are opening the lock and break in later

STANDARD PADLOCK

Pros:

  • Easily re-keyed
  • You can easily give others access to your unit if needed
  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Easily cut with bolt cutters
  • You can lose your keys
  • Easily picked

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  • The size of the lock, make sure it fits – but bear in mind, the larger the lock the more secure your belongings.
  • If you have a storage unit outdoors, make sure you choose a lock designed specifically for outdoor use.
  • Always choose brass or steel keys, they are far less likely to break than aluminium.

And remember, above all, always insure and choose your facility wisely, its better to be safe than sorry.

By |2018-09-26T09:25:42+00:00September 26th, 2018|Business, Moving and Relocation, Storage|0 Comments

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