When you imagine the lock on a storage unit, you are likely thinking of a disc lock. A circular hunk of metal with a bar that runs through the latch, these were originally invented by Emil Henriksson in 1907.
These locks work by having a special key that when insert turns the discs like the tumblers of another lock. However, this lock doesn’t utilize springs making them the preferred for harsher conditions that their lesser lock family. This resilience makes the disc lock the industry standard when it comes to storage.
In addition to being resilient to harsher climate, the lock is not easily pickable. While not impossible, it requires dedicated, professionally made tools, and unlike other locks will stand up to a brute attempt at breaking it such as a hammer. The locking system can be destroyed by drilling into the lock directly, but anti-drill plates on the side will easily prevent this. The thief could attempt to grind the lock off, but that would alert anyone nearby at the facility.
There aren’t many negative to the disc lock, at least when it comes to storage. It can’t be cut with bolt cutters, smashed with a hammer, or easily picked. Any move to remove it will generate enough attention to deter thieves from the attempt.
Be careful, though, cheaper locks might be made from inferior materials and allow for the security to be subverted via various means that a well-made lock would otherwise easily prevent.
Regardless of the few possible vulnerabilities in a disc lock, and reputable storage facility will offer several security features to help the cause. Most Allstate facilities, for instance, offer video surveillance, gate coded access, and on site, staff to ensure your belongings are secure and provide you with peace of mind.
We hope you have enjoyed these informational lock lessons, after all, it is a small part of the process but perhaps the most important when it comes to the security of your belongings.