When someone goes out to rent a storage unit, many factors affect their decision to lease the extra space. Understandably, customers want answers before they rent.
Is the self storage facility close to my home?
How much will the storage unit cost?
Can I move into my unit today?
Renting a storage unit is an investment in the preservation of a person’s precious belongings. While the above questions are important, there is one question that rises to the top for anyone looking to rent self storage: Does this storage unit feel like a home for my belongings?
Disc Locks or Storage Units versus Combination Padlocks
Recently, we came across an instructional video on YouTube that has many managers of storage facilities across the US, Canada, and UK worried. In the clip, a teenager shows the world how to use a shim fashioned from a soda can to pick a combination padlock (they’re the ones you used in high school) i in a matter of seconds. For a lot of self storage facilities, a padlock is the only thing standing between a thief and a customer’s belongings, and a break- in method this simple is surely reason to worry.
The solution? Using a disc lock for your storage unit.
Disc locks are heavy-duty locks in the shape of a disc that are designed to make it nearly impossible for thieves to pick using shims such as the one outlined in the video.
Not only are they unbreakable by anything short of a power grinder, they’re cheap too. Currently, combination locks sell for about $7 depending on where you buy them. On the other hand, you can get a disc lock for your self storage unit for just $12.
Do the math and that’s a $5 difference for what could equate to hundreds of dollars more in peace of mind. StorageMart, a self storage company with more than 200 clean, well-lit storage facilities throughout the US, Canada, and UK, sells these locks at all of its locations. We highly encourage our tenants to put them on their units when they move in, despite our extensive camera surveillance systems and gated properties.
Lock Up Your Self Storage Unit the Right Way
Disc locks for storage units are the most effective anti-theft deterrent you can buy. If you’re currently using a standard combination padlock, we encourage you to make the upgrade to a disc lock. Need help finding one? Call our friendly StorageMart representatives toll-free today: 888.790.5276.