The Top 5 Most Commonly Stolen Items From Self-Storage Units

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
January 17th, 2022

Self-storage units are amazing, they can help you declutter your home, store seasonal items, as well as keep heirlooms and antiques safe from home burglaries. However, unfortunate incidents do occur and some unit renters do have expensive and meaningful items stolen. In this blog, we’ll go over the top five most commonly stolen items from storage facilities, as well as how you can keep your items protected.

1. Uncataloged Items
The most commonly stolen item from storage units are ones that have yet to be cataloged. This is because when you don’t have a complete inventory or have an unorganized unit, things can go missing. Renters sometimes don’t notice for long periods of time that there has been a theft, and that allows the criminals able to get away without repercussions.

2. Jewelry That’s Left Out In The Open
If you’re storing expensive jewelry, you may want to invest in safes and or containers to store your items inside of the storage unit. Although the storage facility will have security, you still don’t want to leave high-priced items out in the open, in case an untrustworthy employee or thief happens to choose your unit to break into.

3. Antiques
Antique theft from storage units is quite common, and there isn’t much you can do to stop it as those items can be big enough where they aren’t able to be hidden. Some unit renters do decide to cover their antiques with sheets so that they stay out of sight and safe from damage. Luckily, most storage facilities supply insurance for up to two thousand dollars. If your antiques are more expensive, you may want to have them insured privately.

4. Information
When storing statements and papers in your unit, be considerate of not having all your information together. Some thieves break into storage units to collect information and gain access to bank accounts and credit card numbers.

5. Clothes and Handbags
If you have a wardrobe that’s cluttering your home, opting for a self-storage unit can help to keep your closet organized. However, if you’re someone who owns a lot of designer clothes and handbags there will be some risk of theft. However, storage units, especially good ones, do have on-site security like motion sensor lights and cameras.

To protect yourself against theft start by purchasing the best lock you can find. It’s always best to spend the money on a high-quality lock so that your items are safe inside your unit. A padlock is best because it’s more difficult to cut with bolt cutters, which is a common way criminals break into units. You also want to find the right storage facility, one that keeps its lights on all night, as many break-ins occur when it’s dark and the thief doesn’t feel he or she will be seen. Never give your code or lock key to anyone, and don’t mention you have a storage unit to any employees or strangers.

Storage units are great for organization and accessibility, but you have to take the necessary steps to ensure they maintain their safety.

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