How To Secure Your Self-Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
September 29th, 2021

Storage units are a great way to keep your inherited items, antiques, and valuables safe from destruction, damage, and theft if you know how to secure your unit. Although a storage facility will do its best to keep all items safe for its customers, there are often too many for any one employee to keep an eye on at all times. In this article, you will find the steps you can take to ensure the security of your storage unit, as well as some tips on how to keep it safe from water damage and mold.
Start By Finding The Safest Storage Facility Some story facility managers are adamant about keeping their units safe from theft and burglary, while others are not. Call and discuss with the manager the steps they take to protect their customer’s belongings. Don’t be afraid to ask how often thefts occur, generally, a good company will be open and honest. Below are some of the ways to determine if a storage unit is safe.

  • Digitally Monitored Surveillance System
Finding a storage unit with a top-of-the-line surveillance system is key for protecting your items. This deters thieves because they know that they are being watched on cameras, and if the worst were to happen and there was a theft, the authorities would know their faces.
  • The Facility is Orderly
If the facility you are considering doesn’t look well-maintained, it’s probably vulnerable to theft. Bulgars have a keen eye for sussing out properties that have security breaches, but generally want to stay away from buildings that are well manicured. This is because the nicer a property is, the more people are working there on any given day.
  • Lighting Is Key
The way a self-storage unit facility is lit can make all the difference in keeping your belongings safe. Ask if the property has motion censored lights, or if they keep them on all night. If you’re unsure of the property, do a quick drive-by after the sun goes down to see how it looks from the outside.
  • Company Conduct
Does the unit facility manager keep a key for your unit on hand? If so, look elsewhere as that is a sure-fire way to have your belongings stolen. Do the employees do daily checks on the storage units to make sure that they have been properly locked? You may think you’d never forget to lock your unit, but when packing and unpacking things can get hectic and you’ll feel better knowing that someone is checking just to make sure. Daily checks by employees also help to deter any unsavory characters from hanging around your unit. Ways Self-Storage Unit Renters Can Keep Their Items Safe
  • Purchase the nicest, more secure lock you can afford. This is not the place to save a few bucks, particularly if you’re going to be keeping valuable inside.
  • Know what they allow you to store. If you try to keep things that aren’t allowed by the facility, your unit could be compromised and your items could be put out on the street. Most websites have a list of what they don’t allow.
  • Don’t store anything that cannot be insured. Cash, for example, can’t be insured so it’s best to never keep it in a storage unit. Some fine jewelry is also not covered by insurance, but that is on a case-by-case basis so ask beforehand.
  • Keep an inventory of your stored items. You may forget what you have in there after a few months or years, and having a detailed list of items not only helps you stay organized but also helps you to know what is inside.
  • Treat your self-storage key or code the way you treat your house key. Don’t give out your code or key to anyone you don’t fully trust. It may seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at home many people are too trusting when dealing with self-storage units.
  • Purchase insurance for your unit, even if the facility doesn’t require it. Even if you do take all the precautions, things happen. If you plan on keeping valuable items in your storage unit, like antiques, or designer clothes, it’s a good idea to have them insured.
Companies like M.I. Mini Storage take pride in being one of the safest storage facilities in all of North Caroline. They have state-of-the-art security cameras, controlled access- meaning you have to have a key to enter the premises, as well as fencing, and bright lights to keep theft from occurring.

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