One of the most common concerns of people looking for storage space is whether their things will be secure. Whether your unit has a priceless treasure, or simply a bunch of furniture and odds and ends, your possessions are important, and you want to be sure that they’ll be there when you need them again. Here are some tips to help you keep your things secure:
The Right Facility
Your first step in making sure that your possessions are secure is choosing the right self-storage units. The place should have some measures in place in order to protect against theft and break-ins. Here at Apex Storage, we know that safety is a big concern, and so we take precautions. Our facility is completely gated and has a night watchman, which means that you get 24-hour surveillance with any unit that you rent. In addition, our entry points are secure and each customer has an individual passcode to ensure that the only people accessing the facility are those who have business being there. Lastly, we have 4k cameras installed throughout the campus so that intruders think twice before trying anything.
Choosing a Good Lock
In order to keep your unit secure, you’ll install your own lock, which only you can access. However, it’s important to carefully consider which kind of lock you’ll use. It’s not worth it, in the long run, to skimp on your lock. In fact, some of our customers even use multiple locks in order to double-up on security.
Usually, round locks are better than the traditional padlock, since the short arms don’t allow access to bolt cutters. Some locks are so cheap that they’re easily picked or accessed by the same key given to everyone else. In order to ensure that your things are secure, invest in a well-made, hefty lock.
There are also some smart habits that you can employ in order to keep your things safe:
- Don’t share your access code or lock with others. Your stuff is safest when only customers are allowed access to the facility, and we take safety measures to ensure that that’s the case.
- Put your most valuable things at the back, and keep them out of eyeline. In the unfortunate event of a break-in, many burglars will employ a “smash-and-grab” technique wherein they simply grab whatever looks the most transportable and valuable, and run, especially in the case of on-site surveillance like ours.
- Add your storage unit to homeowner’s or rental insurance. Most insurance companies allow you to add a storage unit to the policy, so that you can get reimbursed in case of damage or theft. In this case, it’s essential that you keep a log of everything in the storage unit, along with its value.