Prevent Storage Unit Burglaries

There are many things to consider when choosing a self-storage unit for your belongings. In the long run, you may save yourself a lot of expense by doing a little research before choosing not only a unit but a secure way of protecting your belongings. 

Most theft from storage units is done by cutting a padlock with bolt cutters. There are several products now available that make this more difficult, such as a disk lock. Disk locks are like padlocks, except they have smaller bars, making them harder to cut. 

You may also want to look into the following when researching a good storage facility: 

  • Make sure that access to the facility is secure, i.e., you have to have a code or key to gain access not only to your unit but also to the facility itself. 
  • Is there 24-hour video surveillance at the facility? If not, are there security guards present on the facility grounds? 
  • Make sure you can use your own type of lock. 
  • Check your unit regularly and report any break-ins to the police as soon as possible. 
  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of ALL items in your unit and take photographs – especially of valuable items like jewelry. Record serial numbers where available. 

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