The Skinny on the Best Combination Locks

Combination locks are a must for self storage units because they don’t require a key to open. This means that you have a smaller chance of losing access to your unit, but you’ll need to remember all those numbers.

Jim Nolan, Owner of Manayunk Self Storage, agrees that the amount of options out there for locks is a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to making sure they’re the best quality to keep your belongings as safe as can be.

“There are hundreds of types of combination locks on the market. At Manayunk Self Storage, we recommend two types of combination locks to our clientele to help keep their items in storage as safe as possible closed shackle padlocks and combination disc locks,” says Nolan.

Nolan’s Top 2 on Combination Locks

Here’s what Nolan says about his recommended locks (in no particular order).

  • Closed Shackle Padlocks – Similar to regular padlocks, but with a shorter, U-shaped closure that makes cutting the lock open with bolt-cutters much harder.
  • Combination Disc Lock – This one has a very small u-shaped closure that is physically impossible to cut or break off with a hammer. The lock cannot be picked, either, due to the complex pin-system within the locking mechanism.

Ike Evans, President of Ike Evans Consulting, LLC, says that the lock you choose should be able to fit your specific need or, as he puts it, “The protection needs to be able to meet the threat.”

Evans on The Right Lock for You

“If I am storing relatively unimportant items – moms paper towel roll collection – I do not need a very good lock. If however, I am storing something very important/ valuable, I will want to ensure I have a “group 1 locking mechanism” on it,” says Evans.

Evans explains that group 1 locking mechanisms are locks that can’t be manipulated (Seargant and Greenleaff 8077 are some examples). Now, he also reminds us that even the best combination locks are devices that are designed to provide delay to an intruder or make it harder for someone to try and break in.

“Any lock needs to be observed by adequate security (a guard, cameras, etc.) if it is valuable and must be stored at a storage facility, put the item in a quality safe inside the unit, and put a group 1 lock on the door,” recommends Evans.

Your local locksmith can also help point you in the right direction once you know what you’re looking for.

“Most combination locks on in the average consumer range are rather easily manipulated – especially those sold at most commercial storage locations,” says Evans.

So, choose wisely when it comes to protecting your valuables and remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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