You may or may not have heard about cell phone storage lockers, though you’ve certainly heard of cell phones. Today, cell phones are everywhere, and carry out a myriad of tasks. When would someone need to place one inside of a locker?
Unfortunately, cell phone theft is on the rise, and the theft of these devices can lead to all sorts of problems, including password theft, theft of bank info, and a violation of privacy. Even today, there are times where it’s not feasible to carry your phone, but not secure to leave it behind somewhere. Many businesses and public areas have this problem.
No customer wants to lose his or her cell phone, and a lack of security can lead to complaints and loss of business. Cell phone lockers are a modern solution for a modern issue and will help you prevent this issue from happening.
What are Cell Phone Lockers?
Cell phone lockers look like big filing cabinets, similar to old-style card catalogs found in libraries. Instead of wood, however, they are made of aircraft-grade aluminum, making them highly resistant to damage and tampering. Cell phone lockers also have a powder-coated finish, making them resistant to paint chipping and other damage that can make them look unsightly.
Much like centralized mailboxes, cell phone lockers contain multiple compartments inside a single, strong cabinet. Each compartment is labeled and contains some sort of lock for security. Compartments come in a couple of different sizes, depending on customer needs.
Cell phone lockers can store not only phones, but other personal belongings such as keys or smaller personal devices, making them a solution in many facilities.
Who Can Use Them?
Whenever there is a need for customers, students, or visitors to set aside their cell phones or other belongings for whatever reason, cell phone lockers may be needed to prevent theft.
One obvious use is in gyms and health clubs, where people may get changed into gym clothing or swim gear to work out. Cell phones will be more of a hindrance in these situations, so using lockers will be appreciated by customers, who will then be more likely to keep up a gym membership. A cell phone locker will work well inside a locker room, or near a reception desk.
Schools who wish to keep cell phones from the classroom, or medical facilities worried about privacy, can also make good use of these lockers. Offices are also good places for cell phone lockers, as a good percentage of thefts occur in the workplace. Allowing workers to store their phones safely can also help improve productivity.
Some courtrooms don’t allow cell phones inside during legal proceedings, and some judges also ban cell phones in the courtroom. However, this depends on the area. If cell phones are banned in a court building, cell phone lockers will help to prevent theft in these places and provide employees and jurors a safe place to store their devices.
What Options Do They Offer?
Cell phone lockers come in three main models. The first is a simple wall-mounted model, which goes directly onto a wall or vertical surface. These lockers are the easiest to install.
Another type is the recessed model. These lockers mount into a wall, so long as a matching hole is cut beforehand, and are great for saving space.
A freestanding cell phone locker cabinet is also available if you do not wish to install the lockers on a wall or inside a vertical surface. These lockers stand on their own, and will work well in a central location, such as at a service desk or reception area.
Property owners or building managers can also choose how many doors a cell phone locker will have. Options range from fifteen to over thirty doors per cabinet. If many doors are needed, cabinets of the same mounting type can go side by side until there are enough compartments to meet everyone’s needs.
What if a lock breaks or a part needs replacement? Damage isn’t common, but it can happen, especially with attempted tampering. The good news is that replacement locks, doors, and keys are available for cell phone lockers, much as they are for mailboxes. If repairs do need to be done, it is the owner’s responsibility to do so.
Two types of locks are also available: combination locks and keyed locks. Combination locks will work well if employees or students are using the same locker compartment each day, as this gives users a chance to memorize the combination. If you wish to let users provide their own combination locks, hashed compartments are available as well. Keyed locks will work well where customers will only use a compartment temporarily, such as in a health club.
A master lock can allow the owner of the cabinet to reset all combination locks if necessary.
Property managers also have the choice of compartment depth. Five and eight-inch-deep compartments are available, and so are two different door sizes. Doors can range from just over six inches wide to over thirteen inches wide. The larger compartment sizes will allow the storage of more personal items such as handheld tablets and purses.
Other options will help customers or visitors identify their compartment. Plexiglass windows can reveal a compartment’s contents, while engraved numbers or cards are available to mark each door. Engravings can be clear or filled in with a dark color such as black. For keys, wristbands are also available to keep customers from losing access to their compartment.
Finally, a few different neutral colors are available to help meet the palette of wherever cell phone lockers will be installed.
Contact Us Today
Here at National Mailboxes, we’re committed to providing security for your most valuable items, whether it be your mail, USPS packages, or your cell phone. If you have questions about whether cell phone lockers are right for you, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.