Renting a self storage unit has been most convenient to many people needing additional space to keep their important belongings. With various sizes of rooms available, one can find an appropriate size just enough to store their items for as long as they want.
Security is a top priority of most customers and thankfully, many storage providers have also given this their utmost attention. Many facilities today utilize CCTV surveillance cameras and other forms of door alarms in addition to padlocks. The padlocks are normally shouldered by the provider although sometimes, customers are free to use their own locks. Most tenants, however, just use the inexpensive locks knowing that what they're storing in the units are of no great value.
If you're a tenant, though, who keeps some valuable items in a self storage facility such as antiques and other expensive items, you should consider using a high-tech kind of lock. There's one new type of lock called the disc lock. This lock is very durable and can not easily destroy even by bolt cutters. It is rarely purchased because of its high cost but if you value your holdings in there, you need to get one of these.
Experts recommend getting the lock with a five-pin tumbler. This is because the three-pin type can open more than one lock at the facility.
In addition, look for the disc lock that has a drain along the bottom of the lock. You need to be particular with this type especially if you're living in a colder region. The drain feature in the lock prevents water from accumulating and freezing inside the lock when it rains or snows.
The disc lock is the most popular in self storage today. It is not only strike-proof but drill-proof and pick-proof as well. One of its great features is its thickly built shackle that fits tightly around the door latch. This makes it hard for anyone to destroy it.
This kind of lock system is made from heavy duty stainless steel material. The lock mechanism features anti-pin pins. To break or be able to destroy it, one needs an electrical equipment and effort.
You have to know, however, that this security system may not be compatible with some doors of self storage facilities. The best thing you can do if you plan to use it is to ask the facility staff first to find out if they allow it or if it's compatible with their door latch.
Another lock that you can get is the closed-shackle padlock. While this looks similar to a standard padlock, the big difference is in the shackle or the U shaped bar at the top of the lock. This part is short and thick and has an outside casing and as such, can be hard to reach by bolt-cutters.
If you can afford it, do invest in a durable kind of padlock for your storage unit. Avoid using the standard or combination types because they can easily be picked or broken.