By John Donegan
By using an online self-storage finder, it’s simple to find a secure self-storage facility in your area. In addition to looking at the online reviews, you should also ask the facility managers directly if they’ve had any break-ins in the past.
Despite the best efforts of facility managers to ensure that storage lockers are secure, it never hurts to take extra precautions, especially if you live in an area with the occasional break-in, say Atlanta. Unfortunately, when it comes to self-storage units, a standard combination lock isn’t going to do the trick, so we recommend three different types of locks: closed-shackle padlocks, cylinder locks, and disc locks.
If you have a preference for padlocks, this is an excellent choice. The only difference between closed shackle padlocks and an ordinary padlock is that the former has a U-shaped shackle on top, making it nearly impossible for a thief to use bolt cutters.
As these locks actually protrude on the inside of storage locker, cylinder locks are impossible to cut, pick, or drill through. Unfortunately, most storage facilities’ doors will only accommodate a particular size of cylinder lock; so if you want to go this route, you’ll have to buy it directly from the facility.
This type of lock is particularly effective because it fits snug around storage locker latches, ensuring that thieves cannot strike, cut, or saw the lock open. Also, disc locks come equipped with anti-pick pins as well. A burglar would have to be extremely dedicated to break through a disc lock.
Not all facilities have the same sized latches, so before you buy any of these locks, be sure to call your storage facility and ask the manager whether your lock of choice will fit their lockers.
John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.