Keep Your Belongings Safe: Use the Right Lock for Your Self-Storage Unit

Most self storage facilities have rigorous security measures in place. Digital video monitoring, electronic gates, keypad access and perimeter fencing keep your belongings safe and secure. Some facilities have gone the route of keyless systems that require only an app on your mobile phone to gain access. Others offer “smart” units that offer real time storage unit monitoring. If your unit isn’t equipped with the latest in smart technology, you should consider purchasing a high-quality padlock.

Before you purchase a lock, there are several things you need to consider.

  1. Depending on the security level of your storage facility, you need to decide between a medium- and high-quality lock. Don’t compromise the security of your belongings. Go with the best lock in your budget range, especially if you’re going to be storing for a lengthy period of time. 
  2. If possible, consider a shrouded shackle. They are more expensive, but harder to drill because of a protective covering on the shackle.
  3. Consider the size of your padlock and where you’ll be using it. You want it to fit, and you don’t want to buy an industrial-sized padlock for a small unit.
  4. If you’re considering a regular vs. a disc padlock, the disc padlock actually provides better security. Some say these are the best locks for storage units because there is virtually no space to use bolt cutters.
  5. A combination lock isn’t recommended. It’s better used for your kid’s school locker. Combination locks may deter a lazy thief; but, even for an amateur, they are easily snipped with a bolt cutter.
  6. Be sure that your padlock is made of materials that will provide strength, hardness, longevity, durability, and resistance to corrosion. Common materials that will provide these qualities are steel, alloy steel, aluminum, carbides, and brass. 

Best Storage Unit Padlocks for 2020

According to Locksmith Nerd, following are some of the best padlocks for 2020:

ABUS 37/80 Granit Alloy Steel Rekeyable Padlock

The ABUS 37/80 Granit Alloy Steel Rekeyable Padlock is the top pick for 2020. It does not compromise in design and has a tensile strength of 25,000 pounds.


  • High Security
  • Well made, heavy duty
  • Worth the cost
  • Excellent resistance to pulling and drilling
  • Strong and shrouded shackle
  • Durable


  • May not fit all storage units


Medeco Padlock

The Medeco Padlock is the #2 pick. There is only marginal difference between this and the #1 padlock. It features maximum strength, durability, and security.


  • Comes with three keys
  • Shrouded shackle
  • Unique key duplication card
  • Excellent resistance to pulling and drilling
  • High-security padlock


  • Expensive


Master Lock 930DKHPF

The Master Lock 930DKHPF’s corrosion resistance makes it a great option for outdoors. It’s also the least expensive option of these locks.


  • Comes with two keys
  • 5-pin cylinder locking mechanism
  • Lock works in many weather conditions
  • Resistant to cutting, prying and drilling
  • Solid, high quality, but inexpensive


  • The shackle is long, so be sure to check that it will fit your unit.
  • This lock has been known to rust over time, however it’s still worth considering as an all-weather lock. 


Abus 20/70 Diskus Stainless Steel Padlock

The Abus 20/70 Diskus Padlock is made of stainless steel, and the shackle has little room for cutting or drilling.


  • High quality and high security
  • Heavy duty
  • Resistant to drilling
  • No springs in the mechanism
  • Difficult to pick


  • Could get jammed on an extremely cold day.

If you’re interested in looking at further options, check the Locksmith Nerd link above.

Choosing the right lock can be overwhelming because there are so many options. We’ve narrowed your choices in this article, but there are many more selections. It helps to consider the value of your possessions and the security features at your storage facility. Having the right lock will add an extra layer of security and a little more peace of mind.

Self Storage – Keep it Safe for College Kids

When your space and your college student’s dorm or apartment space are both exhausted, you need to start looking for a place to store the overflow. As you’ve noticed by now, your student does have overflow, and every summer it ends up in your garage or basement on top of your already extensive collection of non-essential junk. 

You could build an addition to your home; but, with the cost of an education, that’s probably not your best option. There is a solution to this problem. It’s called self-storage. Think about the reasons a college kid should use self storage:

Space: This is a big one. Dorm rooms are cramped. It’s great to have a place to store extra books and off-season clothing, not to mention any other strange things they may have accumulated while away at school. We prefer not to mention them.

Flexibility: Most self storage facilities offer flexible month-to-month leasing. You’ll be able to rent on your schedule without the hassle of a long-term commitment. 

Travel or Study Abroad: The opportunity to travel or study in a foreign country is incredible, but what do you do with all of your stuff while you’re away? Instead of packing everything up and moving it home, consider renting a storage unit. Self storage has enough space to accommodate all of your dorm room furniture and belongings.

Security: It is an understatement to say that most college-age students can be careless. Any items that they don’t use regularly will be far more secure in a safely locked storage unit than in their dorm or the trunk of their car. And, as far as summer, storing furniture and valuables at a storage facility provides a level of safety not found in a locked apartment that is abandoned until school starts again. 

Savings: The cost and inconvenience of moving your stuff to and from home between semesters and over the summer for four – to who knows how many – years will far exceed the cost of storage.

Now you know why storage works for your students. Here are a few tips to help you keep them as safe as their possessions.

Keep Your Students as Safe as Their Possessions

Let’s talk about finding the right storage facility to not only keep the possessions safe, but to keep the students safe. As shocking as this might sound, college students don’t always have the best judgment, and cautious behavior is not always a priority. It’s probably a good idea if you choose the storage facility. You never know when they will decide to drive to the storage unit at 3:00 a.m. because they need that extra lacrosse stick or cute jacket NOW! This is why you need a safe facility.

Look for Layers of Security

  1. A facility in a safe, convenient location
  2. A clean and well-maintained facility
  3. Well lit property
  4. Perimeter fencing
  5. Gates equipped with electronic access 
  6. Twenty-four hour video surveillance
  7. An indoor unit with keypad access
  8. On site and/or resident managers
  9. A disc or cylinder lock that is resistant to tampering
  10. Do Not share gate access code with friends

Be thoughtful when choosing a storage facility, and don’t worry. There are numerous safe, clean, and secure storage facilities with plenty of amenities. You won’t have trouble finding a good one. Your student will thank you and you will thank yourself!