It is often the case that there is not enough room in your home or office to effectively keep all of the things you have accumulated in your day-to-day life. Seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, important documentation, and all manner of valuables often need to be kept in a storage facility in order to allow you a little breathing room. One of the main things that people considering self storage need to keep in mind is the security of their belongings once they are in the unit. Below are some tips for improving the security of your self storage unit.
Placement of Items
If you are planning on placing high value items in your unit, whether they have high market value, or are simply of high value to you, it is advisable that those items be kept at the very back of the unit, so that they are the hardest to see, reach and extract for any would-be thieves.
Choose the Right Lock
Many storage facilities give you options when it comes to locks, and it helps to know about them before making your choice. You need a lock that is going to hold up against bolt cutters (the break-in instrument of choice). Locks that are designed to withstand and thwart bolt cutters typically have short, thick necks (shackles) that make it hard to gain leverage on and wrap the blades of a bolt cutter around. Bolt locks and cylinder locks are both quite difficult to cut.
You can supplement the security system provided by your storage facility, by investing in your own wireless security system, one that you can place inside your unit and link directly back to hardware, such as your laptop or phone.
Choose the Right Storage Facility
All storage facilities are not created equal. Some invest more money, time and effort into their security policies and features to make sure that their client’s belongings are well protected. Do your homework before you go with a storage facility. Find out what their policy is. How many employees patrol the grounds? How sophisticated is their monitoring technology? What is their history with break-ins and lost and damaged goods?
It can be tough to part with things that are important to you and entrust their security to a third party that you have no experience with. That being said, there are many things you can do to ensure that your belongings are well kept while they are not in your possession. Keep the above storage facility security tips in mind and rest assured that your personal items are well cared for, no matter where they are.