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Which types of locker offer the best security?

Lockers are designed to keep our most precious items safe while we are otherwise engaged. If you’re looking to purchase lockers for your school, business or leisure facility, you’ll undoubtedly be keen to invest in the most secure lockers available. Here’s what you need to know about security of lockers:

The attributes of different locker types

Here are some of the main materials you’ll come across when looking at lockers, and how secure each will be:

Fully welded lockers

Lockers which have been fully welded have hinges which are spot welded to the carcass to prevent access via breaking of these hinges. This provides the very best strength and rigidity, making them an ideal choice for high risk areas. If optimum security is a high priority for you, we highly recommend choosing fully welded lockers.

Knockdown lockers

Knockdown lockers, also known as KD lockers, are made from individual pieces which are then bolted or riveted together. They are not as secure as fully welded lockers by any means, because the movement allowed by the individual pieces creates spaces where breaking in can become all too easy.

Stainless steel lockers

Stainless steel is a highly durable material, and although our stainless steel lockers don’t feature the secure hinges of fully welded lockers, they do offer hinge concealment making it much more difficult for these to be tampered with.

Aluminium lockers

Although not as tough as stainless steel, aluminium offers a high level of security with more flexibility in terms of design and colour too. Our ZenBox aluminium lockers are lightweight, and yet have extruded aluminium frames for strength and security. They can’t boast to be as strong as steel lockers, but if rust resistance and lightweight construction are your priorities, they are worth consideration.

Plastic lockers

You might think plastic lockers are going to be more vulnerable than metal ones, due to plastic being generally easier to break than metal. However, the plastic lockers we supply at Equip4Work have super durable polyethylene construction and strong hinges which can withstand 3200N before they break.

Other factors affecting locker security

Aside of the physical characteristics of your lockers, many other factors can come into play which can compromise the security of your installation. These include:

  • Lock types: If you’re allowing users to bring their own padlocks for the lockers, chances are they are not all going to invest in high security devices. It can be a good idea to offer guidance on the most secure types of padlock, or even to sell good quality products on site.
  • Installation: Incorrectly installing your lockers can make them easier to break into. Lockers must be secured to walls or floors, otherwise there is always the possibility someone could simply take them away and break into them at leisure.
  • Siting: Where you decide to place your lockers can have a bearing on security as well. Putting them out of the way in a dark, infrequently visited area will allow a potential thief plenty of time to tamper with them without being discovered. Aim to place them in a high traffic area, preferably where they are covered by your CCTV system.

For more advice on high security lockers including our super secure fully welded lockers, talk to our team today.

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Last Modified / Updated on: July 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm