By Nick Bilava, USstoragesearch.com
Chances are that what you’re placing in your storage unit has some value to you. And if it has value to you, it could also be attractive to potential thieves. It doesn’t make sense to keep your valuables safe with a cheap lock or, heaven forbid, no lock at all.
This should be a no-brainer, but even if you’re at a highly secure storage facility, you should always lock your individual storage unit. Secured storage facilities might rely on video surveillance or security guards, but these measures only work if they can capture suspicious activity. For example, if a thief walks up to your unlocked storage unit and gets in with ease, it won’t seem suspicious.
But what type of padlock is right for your needs?
Laminated padlocks are a popular and inexpensive option to consider. Laminated locks have a body comprised of many individual plates of steel and rivets, so they’re less prone to cracking under heavy prying than solid-body locks. On a laminated lock, the pry force is distributed among the layers and even if one plate cracks, the others will contribute structural strength, which keeps the lock shut. Laminated locks can even take a bullet straight through them and remain locked.
To take your security even further, get a shrouded padlock, which has extra protection against “shrouding” the shackle of the lock. This is a great measure to protect against thieves slipping a bolt cutter around the shackle and can even prevent attempts at prying. If a thief can get a bolt cutter around the shackle of a padlock it’s done for, so a shrouded lock prevents them from accessing the shackle, thus keeping your storage unit secure.
The truth about padlocks is that, when it comes to a determined thief, there isn’t a single lock on the market that can’t be broken. That’s why we recommend being selective in what items you store and in finding the most secure facility that fits your budget. With the right lock and a great storage facility, your belongings should be just as safe as they would be at your home.