You’re getting ready to move items into a self-storage unit, and you’ve just realized that you need a padlock to secure everything inside.
You may think that you can use a lock that you’ve got lying around at home for your self-storage unit. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s a good idea to put some thought into choosing the kind of lock that will work best for you.
Locks come in all sizes and shapes. You want a lock that will be secure, but one that will be easy for you to use. You don’t want your storage unit to be difficult for you to get into.
At Browning Park Mini Storage in Benton, AR, security for your storage unit is our top priority. At the same time, though, you will want to do your part in managing the security of your unit.
To help you choose the best lock for your purposes, ask yourself the following questions.
First, do you often misplace things – like the key to a padlock?
Second, is the fastener on the door compatible with the kind of lock that you prefer?
Third, does your padlock need to meet a certain rating for insurance purposes?
Fourth, how many people will need to access to the self-storage unit?
Your answers will help you choose the right kind of security lock for your typical usage – open-shackle padlock or closed-shackle – keyed padlock or combination. Each type has its own advantages.
Keyed or Combination Padlock
You can choose a padlock that is opened with a key or a padlock that is opened with the correct combination. If you frequently lose your keys, then a combination lock could be the better choice for you.
A combination lock is also preferable if several people need to access the unit. It’s easier to share the combination than to issue keys to several people who might lose them.
Open-Shackle vs Closed-Shackle Padlock
Whether you choose a keyed or combination lock, an open-shackle padlock has a curved shackle that it relatively exposed. It’s the kind of padlock that is shown in the image above.
A closed-shackle padlock gives added protection against bolt cutters because it has shoulders that enclose most of the shackle, making it difficult to use bolt cutters or saws to break the lock.
In addition to closed-shackle padlocks with a curved shackle, there are padlocks that have straight shackles for even higher security.
No matter what kind of padlock you choose, be sure to check that it is compatible with the hasp on the door of your self-storage unit.
Do Your Part in Keeping Your Belongings Secure
Your self-storage unit at Browning Park Mini Storage in Benton, AR, has great security in place, but be sure to take your own precautions.
Don’t give the combination or key to your lock to anyone.
Keep an inventory of all the items in your unit.
Come over to Browning Park Mini Storage to discuss getting a self-storage unit to secure the items you’re ready to put into self-storage.