Which is the Best Lock to Use to Secure My Storage Unit?

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When you place your belongings into Saskatoon self storage, make sure that they will be safe. This means choosing a secure storage facility, like Passion Safe, and also means choosing the right lock for your unit. While it may be tempting to bring lock that might have been on a storage shed or footlocker to save some money, you’re almost always better off springing for a high security lock instead. If you’re unsure what kind of lock you should use for your storage unit, consider these options.

Keyless Locks

First of all, let’s talk about keyless locks. These locks require you to enter a combination on a keypad or a dial instead of using a key. They were originally designed for cars with remote entry systems, but they’ve been modified for other uses. They are handy if you have a bad habit of misplacing your keys, but they do come with disadvantages. Electronic keyless locks may not function if the power to the facility goes out, and savvy hackers might be able to crack the code and gain entry into your storage unit. You’re also out of luck if you forget the code and have no means of resetting the lock.

Padlocks

Next, we have padlocks. These locks are often used with luggage and on outdoor sheds. They’re easy enough to use for any purpose, and they can be rekeyed easily if you lose the key. However, this can also be a disadvantage since it means thieves can pick the lock with the right tools just as easily. A padlock might be a good choice if you’re storage facility is secure most of the time, but you might want to opt for something a little more secure if you’re storing anything of value.

Disc Locks

When it comes to self-storage, disc locks have become the industry standard. They were actually designed with storage units in mind since they cannot be removed with bolt cutters like other locks can. You might be able to cut a disc lock with a bolt cutter or hit it with a hammer, but the hasp (the u-shaped part of a padlock) cannot be reached or opened without special tools. Disc locks are also often made from stainless steel, making them ideal for an outdoor unit that is exposed to the elements.

There aren’t many disadvantages to using a disc lock for your storage unit. They are more expensive than other types of locks, but the added security that they provide often makes them worth the investment.

Once you decide what kind of lock you want on your storage unit, you will need to consider the size of the lock. Most locks used in storage units are 1 3/4, 2, and 2 3/4. Anything larger than a 2 3/4 lock likely won’t fit onto the door latch. Smaller locks are a little less expensive and more manageable, but they will also be easier to break into. If money is an issue and your storage facility is  secure, you can opt for a smaller lock. Otherwise, a 2 3/4 lock is probably the way to go.

With all things considered, we recommend going with a disc lock for any storage unit. Disc locks are heavy duty, and they are also more secure than other options. In any case, make sure you keep track of your belongings and that your self-storage facility is safe regardless of what kind of lock you decide to use.

If you need a high security lock in Saskatoon, we have them here at Passion Safe! Come and visit us off Marquis drive in Saskatoon. We are open seven days a week.

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