If the lockers you just purchased for your facility do not come with built-in locks, their security is your most immediate concern. Users consider the security of your lockers as the most important feature so you have to be smart on choosing the lockers’ locks. To help you decide, I have listed below six of the most secure locker security systems.
Key Operated Locker Locks
Locks operated by keys are best for lockers that are in areas where multiple users are assigned access to lockers for a short period of time. Examples of such areas are gyms, health clubs, and pools.
The lock comes with a manual deadbolt that is easy to operate yet provides the highest security. When buying this lock, make sure to ask if the control keys are included in your order or if you need to purchase them separately.
Word Combination Locks
Instead of using numbers, these padlocks use letter combinations. Some word combination locks have 3-letter wheels to set a 3-letter password, while others have more than three wheels allowing you to set a strong combination for your lock. The word combination locks that are shown on the image to the left have 5-letter wheels, which create a stronger combination.
Locks that use word combinations are ideal for securing school and employee lockers.
Letter and Number Combination Locks
A well-set lock combination with letters and numbers discourages theft and secures personal items stored inside the locker. Such security system actually reminds me of passwords I use for emails and other website accounts I have, except that these locks have a smaller character limit; usually a 3-alphanumeric combination.
Coin Operated Locks
For lockers that have high turnover usage, it is ideal to secure them with locks that use coins to operate. The cost of labor for tracking locker usage will be minimal as the users can get the keys themselves. A user can simply open the locker’s door and insert a coin to get the key. When it’s time to retrieve their personal belongings and the coin, they just unlock the locker by inserting the key back into the lock.
These locker security systems are commonly used in amusement parks, public pools, hospitals, museums, gyms and other locations where there are temporary or rotating users.
Electronic Locker Locks
A locker lock system that is controlled electronically is efficient and secure for both permanent and rotating users. These locks use card keys that have the same security levels as smart cards for banking. Since it is electronic, the lock can track user history, an additional feature to discourage theft. The system can work on almost all types of lockers and is convenient to use in athletic facilities, fitness centers, offices, hotels, and resorts.
Wrist Bands for Electronic Locks
The wristband locker key is an alternative to the electronic card key and is ideal for users that do sports or exercises. Users do not need to worry about losing their locker keys as they can wear them on their wrists. Many athletic facilities, hotels, resorts, and wellness centers use wristband keys with their electronic locker locks.