Various Types of Locks for Your Self Storage Unit

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One of the main contributors to the cost of a particular self storage is the security of the premise. A self storage facility with top of the range security features such as biometric sensors will definitely cost much more than one with only a basic lock and key model. Most people utilise self storage for storing things that are rarely used. As a result, the number of trips made to the facility is rather low and only on a need to use basis. Have you ever thought of what is happening to your things when you are not keeping an eye on it? Despite the adequate security features at the facility, you will still need to play your part. The simplest way is to get a good quality lock to lock up your storage unit. What are the various types of locks that are recommended for your self storage unit?

Standard lock

The standard lock is the most basic of all. It is simple and convenient to use. A standard lock requires only a key to open it and carrying a key is already second nature to most of us. You simply have to insert your key and it will be opened. However, if you misplace the key, you will need to change the lock immediately as people can simply open it. There is also a risk of your key being duplicated by someone else.

Combination lock

The combination lock eliminates the need for a key. It relies on a certain number combination to open it and there is a total of 1000 possible combination ranging from 000 to 999. Since keys are not required, the security is a tad higher than the standard lock. However, you will need to change the numbers frequently and make sure that you are alone while punching in the numbers.

12 pin cylinder lock

The 12 pin cylinder lock is an extension to the standard lock but with added security features. Instead of relying on a series of pins on the keys, it relies heavily on a 12 pin cylinder with differing length and grooves, making it almost impossible to duplicate. Only the right key is able to open the lock as there are fake slots incorporated into the lock to mislead potential thieves. The 12 pin cylinder lock is probably the most high technology lock as it offers 16 million potential combinations of grooves and lengths.

There are many different kinds of locks ranging from cheap to expensive ones, each offering differing levels of security. Which lock to use really depends on the item you are storing. If the items are extremely expensive, you will definitely want to invest on a good and sturdy lock but if the items are low in value, a simple lock will suffice. 

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This article was published on 2013/09/27