There’s no question about it – a key function of any locker system is to provide security for the possessions within. If a locker doesn’t offer that, it simply isn’t fit for purpose.
However, it’s not always the design of the locker that can cause its security to be compromised – there’s a level of responsibility that the user and owner have, too. Whether it’s keeping the key in an unsafe place, stuffing the unit with too many items (causing the door to become jammed) or simply installing them in an unsecure area, there are a number of ways that innately safe lockers can become not-so-safe thanks to improper use.
In today’s post, we’re examining the common mishaps that can ultimately undermine your locker’s security.
Set them up in a safe location
First and foremost, you should install your lockers in a safe location, so that they’re not vulnerable from the outset. Ideally, this would mean keeping your lockers indoors, under lock and key, and ensuring they’re only accessible to those who’ve been processed as they enter the building – for example, in a swimming pool changing room that you have to be a member to use. However, we understand that this isn’t possible in every situation – sometimes, a locker system is required outdoors.
In cases like these, there are two approaches you can take, and each is suitable for different scenarios:
Make the lockers as visible as possible, if they’re located near to a busy pedestrian walkway or road. The reason you might choose to do this is that, while the lockers can be clearly seen by everyone (and everyone knows they exist), it also means vandals will be in plain view to the public, should they decide to try and tamper with them.
Keep the outdoor lockers out of sight, thus ensuring fewer people know they’re there. Of course, on the other hand, this does mean that anyone wishing to tamper with them may be able to do so more secretively, should they manage to get to them.
Either way, we’d advise emptying outdoor lockers at night, as that’s when they’re most vulnerable.
Use deterrents to provide a second line of defence
Although all of our lockers are designed to be exceptionally sturdy and vandal-proof, it’s impossible to build them to be completely impervious to every tool a thief may use – and that’s why it’s important to use additional deterrents to prevent attempts to access lockers by those who shouldn’t.
If your lockers are accessible to the general public, or if they’re in an outside area such as a school playground or courtyard, a popular way to discourage would-be robbers is to install CCTV. With cameras facing directly towards your safe storage, you’ll simultaneously give users peace of mind while demonstrating that you have a line of defence set up against vandals and thieves.
Another safety measure to consider would be the use of padlocks on outdoor lockers that are in use overnight. While, as we’ve mentioned, we’d advise not storing valuable possessions in lockers when it’s dark – as that’s when they are vulnerable – using padlocks will provide that little bit more protection if needs must.
Make keys more difficult to misplace
We’ve all been there: we get to our car, our front door or our locker, we fumble around the inside of our pockets for the key we’re positive we put there, but with no luck. You’ve lost your key – and, as we all know by now, it’s not hard to do. These tiny cut pieces of metal are easy to misplace, particularly if you’re only holding onto them for a short period of time – like the ones that come with rented storage lockers.
For institutions that provide lockers for their visitors, such as gyms, swimming pools and schools, it can be a costly business to replace an almost endless stream of lost keys – so taking steps to keep these losses to a minimum can save both stress and money in the long run.
A simple way to do this is to add a keychain to each key, which can be bought en masse inexpensively. If you do this, we’d advise not including too many details about the locker on the corresponding key – as, if it’s then lost, it could be traced all the way back to the locker, posing a security risk.
In places like swimming pools or gyms, wrist or ankle bands with the keys attached are also a popular way to prevent them from being lost. Again, these are inexpensive and well worth the investment to avoid the long-term cost associated with consistently replacing keys.
Encourage users to avoid ‘stuffing’
While it’s understandable that users want to keep all of their possessions safe within the confines of their locker, many are guilty of overfilling theirs – which can, in turn, undermine its safety. If users are forcing their locker doors closed, this could prevent them from shutting properly, and, over time, damage them – which could leave them more susceptible to vandalism as a result.
Our lockers are designed to be as safe as possible – manufactured using sturdy materials, expert precision and state-of-the-art lock mechanisms – but that doesn’t mean security is guaranteed once they’ve left the factory doors if you’re negligent. With the steps above, you can avoid compromising your lockers’ dependability when it comes to keeping both the lockers themselves and the possessions inside as safe as possible.
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