Best Storage Locks To Keep Your Prized Possessions Safe

4 September 2015 by

Now that Uncle Ebenezer finally kicked the bucket and bequeathed you his entire estate, you’ve decided to stash the goods in a self-storage unit. The velvet painting collection, Vibration Exercise Machine, and “classic” wardrobe consisting of frock coats, top hats, and frilly lace cravats simply won’t fit into your cozy bachelor pad, and good ol’ uncle forgot to bestow the actual estate itself to you.

But there’s no sense putting your inheritance in a storage facility and then slapping a cheap padlock on the unit. It won’t matter if the facility has security cameras, a fence, and a security guard if your personal unit basically has a sign on it saying “Open to public, come on in!” Lest someone break in and steal your 1936 gramophone machine and records, you should invest in a safe and secure storage lock for your self storage unit. 


A padlock, which consists of an upside-down U-shaped metal bar that clicks into the locking mechanism, is often found on lockers, suitcases, and chastity belts, and is the easiest lock to infiltrate because it is “secured” with a key. Also called a cylinder lock because it contains a cylinder mechanism, this is the most common type of lock. Any ol’ scalawag with a set of lock pick tools can open it, or even fashion a new key to fit it.

Or, if the thief is more brawn than brain, she can simply snip it open with a bolt cutters. True, you can purchase a padlock made of good-quality metal, steel shackle, and 5-pin tumbler, but why take a chance when your Big Lebowski action figure collection is at stake?

Keyless Lock 

This type of lock is usually opened by punching in numbers or dialing a combination of numbers. If you went to high school or a gym with lockers or rode a bicycle, then you’re no doubt familiar with this kind of lock. Many people think a keyless lock is foolproof because there is no key for thieves to steal, so unless they can read your mind where you keep the combination memorized, there’s no getting past this “high-tech” security system. If you think this, you’re wrong.

If the crook is someone you know, he can very likely guess the combination (birthdate? boob/waist/hip measurement of your favorite model? “1-2-3-4”?). Few people are as clever as they think they are. And even if this ne’er-do-well doesn’t know you, a keyless lock is easy to remove with a pair of bolt cutters or hack saw.

Disc Lock

This is the Lamborghini of storage locks. In fact, the disc lock was designed for self storage facilities. Unlike the keyless lock or padlock, these babies can’t be snipped off with bolt cutters, smashed up with a hammer, or picked with traditional Burglary 101 tools. If a robber wants to get past this lock, he needs to keep a large window of time open in his busy schedule because grinding this lock off is no easy (or quiet) feat.

The disc lock costs a bit more than a standard lock, but if you’re serious about keeping Uncle Ebenezer’s vintage toiletry set—straight razor, Brylcreem, Old Spice, and all—safe and secure, this little investment is a must-have.


Selena Templeton

Selena Templeton is a writer and editor who sees the world through Giggle Glass, a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display plus false nose and mustache. It reveals the absurd, amusing, and inappropriate goings on of daily life and displays it in a lap top-like hands-on format, from which she posts to various blogs such as Self Storage Finders, Romantically Challenged, and As a former professional organizer and a current Virgo, she is a self-diagnosed authority on storage, packing, organizing, and general neat freakishness.

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