Mechanical Locks for Lockers: Keyless Security for Your Valuables

What do you think of when you think of locks? You probably imagine traditional padlocks requiring specific keys. Alternatively, you might be imagining a traditional combination lock, such as the kind found on school and gym lockers. These are the styles of locks people are used to, but locks are moving away from that — and so should you.

Today, many businesses are upgrading to mechanical locks. Using cards or keypads instead of keys, these locks ditch many aspects of traditional locks, such as that they are much harder to break into than the traditional, key-requiring locks. Mechanical locks also come in a variety of styles. This allows businesses to choose their mechanical lock based on what they most need.

There are many reasons you should be switching over to a mechanical lock. It’s not simply that these locks are newer and more advanced. They’re better at keeping your possessions safe and have many features you’ll be able to benefit from.

Why You Need To Change Your Security Measures ?

Picture this: You’re at your local gym, and you need a place to store your street clothes and valuables before you work out. In this scenario, you might think that you’re perfectly safe keeping your clothes in a gym locker, but traditional gym locker combination locks aren’t very reliable at all.

As far back as 2013, ABC News reported that personal storage units were being increasingly targeted by thieves. Five years later, the FBI reported that over 7 million cases of property crime occurred in the United States, including theft from personal storage units. This statistic has been dropping over the years, but it remains something millions of people struggle with.

Traditional locks have been around for a long time — long enough for people to figure out ways into them. Warbled padlock? People can just create their own master keys to get through. Four-digit combination lock? Decoding them can be simple for anybody who knows how. Additionally, a thief can just use bolt cutters to cut through the lock. 

These old locks are simply inefficient and are proven to be easy targets for thieves. This is why you should protect your locker with a mechanical lock.

Ojmar Regular Cam lock for Lockers

The Benefits of Mechanical Locker Locks

If you’re looking for a way to protect your property while still using a public locker, then you need mechanical locker locks. They’re designed to be as protective as possible. No personal storage facility should turn down the chance to install mechanical locks. Not only do they keep customers and staff members safe, but no more money would need to be spent on replacing locks or repairing busted lockers. It’s a win-win.

Mechanical locks date back to the 1800s, and their designs have only improved over the centuries. As a result, mechanical locks provide protection that other locks simply can’t, and they don’t break down the way other locks might. Here are a few features you can look forward to:

  • They don’t require batteries or electricity. 
  • Keyless entry lock varieties aren’t susceptible to people creating master keys and don’t require one to remember a key at all.
  • Many mechanical locks are designed to be water and weather resistant. This means even pool or beach locker locks won’t corrode. 
  • They can’t be cut off or sawed through the way combination locks or padlocks can be.
  • Mechanical locks allow for reset codes, nullifying the need for keys “just in case” a code is forgotten. 
  • Mechanical locks aren’t designed for one hand over the other. In essence, this means everybody can use them. Other locks without this feature might be more difficult for left-handed people to use.  
  • They’re designed to be sturdy and reliable.

In general, you can rely on mechanical locks to keep your lockers safe from thieves. Modern mechanical locks are trustworthy, time saving, and money saving. Most importantly, though, modern mechanical locker locks will keep you from worrying about safety when using or owning a public storage facility.

Mechanical Locks vs. Alternative Locks

Mechanical locks are better than every other lock you might use to protect a locker. There are a lot of flaws with traditional locks, which mechanical locks avoid by design. A few locks you might be thinking about include TSA-approved padlocks, three- or four-number combination locks, traditional combination locks, and basic padlocks.

Basic padlocks are very simple. They use keys that are specific to the padlock, much like how car keys and house keys are unique. These padlocks are also portable and are attached to a locker door or chain with a metal loop, which opens up when the key is used. Unfortunately, this design has a lot of exploitable problems, which mechanical locks fix.

Basic Padlocks:Mechanical Locks:
Require keys, which can be lost or replicated.Most don’t use keys.
Can be cut with bolt cutters.Unable to be cut open by thieves.
Are portable and removable, so they can be misplaced.Are attached to lockers and not removable.

Combination locks of any kind are a bit safer than normal padlocks. They use a numerical code instead of keys, which means they can’t be busted by a thief making their own master key, nor is losing said key ever a problem. However, this doesn’t mean combination locks are any better than mechanical locks:

Combination Locks:

Mechanical Locks:

Require remembering a numerical combination.

Might have codes, 

but not all do. 

Can be easy to decode.

Aren’t easily decoded with simple tools.

Can be cut with bolt cutters.

Unable to be cut open by thieves.

Common in schools and locker rooms, where thefts often take place.

Designed to be thief resistant. 

Meanwhile, you may be under the impression that a TSA-approved lock will be safer than both options. They’re designed by and approved by a government agency, an agency that exists to keep people safe when traveling. Unfortunately, TSA-approved locks are the weakest of all alternative locks, especially in comparison to mechanical locks.

TSA-Approved Locks

Mechanical Locks:

Are designed to be easily opened by TSA agents.

Are designed to stay locked for everyone except the owner.

Use a specific master key designed for every lock. These keys may be found online.

Don’t use keys in most cases.

Can be easily lock-picked.

Can’t be lock-picked.

If you’re looking for a way to protect your locker, there’s no better alternative than a modern mechanical lock. The lack of keys, lack of portability, and durable design means mechanical locker locks bypass all of the issues common with locker locks of the past. Simply put: Mechanical locks will keep your locker safe and secure in a way other locks cannot.

Smarter Locker Solutions

When it comes to commercial keyless locks, look no further than those produced by Ojmar. Each lock is designed to be durable, reliable, and safe, without sacrificing ease of use. With sleek designs, specialized features, and the best protection available, Ojmar mechanical locks and accessories can be used by any commercial storage facility looking to keep its customers safe.

The COMBI Pro Keyless Padlock

The COMBI Pro Keyless Padlock is a keyless lock designed specifically for locker rooms, and they don’t require batteries to operate. Instead, they’re combination padlocks designed to be used in a locker room. This means they’re simple to open with the correct combination and the pulling of an integrated pull handle. However, they bypass the problems associated with combination locks. They aren’t easy to decode and can’t be removed with bolt cutters, making them a safer alternative to other combination locks.


If you have a secure padlock but want to be sure that nobody can tamper with it, you need the LOCKR® Hasp It installs easily by being mounted onto a locker wherever you need it to be. Once your padlock is secure, the LOCKR® Hasp keeps it in place with an anti-rotation design. Additionally, it won’t corrode with salt or water, keeping your locker secure for longer.


A cam lock is the sort of lock you have on your front door. It’s small, attaches to the door, and uses keys. The LOCKR® Cam is a type of mechanical door lock that’s made to be durable and defensive. It’s especially suitable for wet environments, where other locks might corrode. This makes the LOCKR® Cam good for pool locker rooms in particular.


These two locks are both designed for temporary lockers, but the main difference is based on what input they need to be opened. Both Coin and Card locks are made to be waterproof and resistant to corrosion. This makes them a good option for several facilities, from amusement parks to schools.

The LOCKR® Coin lockers open for the first time with a coin being inserted into the slot, at which point a key can be retrieved from the locker. Meanwhile, The LOCKR® Card uses card keys, so customers aren’t required to have a coin on them to open their locker.

Stay Safe with Ojmar

If you’re looking for a smart, modern way to protect your lockers, then a mechanical lock from Ojmar is your best choice. Contact us today to learn more about our products, and we’ll help you keep your property safe.