How To Ensure Your Valuables Remain Safe In A Storage Facility

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How To Ensure Your Valuables Remain Safe In A Storage Facility
How To Ensure Your Valuables Remain Safe In A Storage Facility

Ensuring Your Valuables Remain Safe In A Storage Facility

There are different circumstances when storage units come in handy. You could, for example, be in need of more room in your house and choose to remove items you don’t use regularly. You may also be planning a move and you need somewhere to keep the belongings that you don’t want to ship until you decide what to do with them.

Whatever your reason may be for renting a storage unit, it is vital that the unit is secure. Here are some tips to ensure that your valuables are safe in the storage facility.

Use a storage facility with layers of protection

When choosing a storage facility, what do you look for in terms of security? The lock that you will use for your storage unit is important, but you should also have some extra layers of security to keep burglars away. The first layer of security should be the perimeter.

What kind of fence surrounds the unit? How easy is it to compromise? Is there a strong gate? Will you get electronic key codes or key cards for controlling the people who access the premises?

Once you make sure that the perimeter is well secured, the next thing to look out for is video surveillance. The presence of video surveillance alone is enough to scare away a good number of burglars and should a breach occur; the recordings will go a long way in ensuring that the intruder is identified.

The last layer is asking if the facility always has an employee on the ground at all times.

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Don’t overlook environmental protection

If you are renting a storage unit to keep items like furniture, you need to ensure that you get an indoor storage that is sealed and protected from the elements. You don’t want to come and collect your belongings to find the metal parts rusted and the wooden parts cracked and full of mold.

Choose your lock carefully

No matter how safe a storage facility looks, you should never take chances on your lock. Choose a lock that can’t be cut by bolt or wire cutters to ensure that your unit is safe even if intruders manage to gain entry into the facility. You can use a disc or cylinder lock for this.

Have a good insurance cover

Just like it is with moving companies, if you will be keeping valuables in the storage unit, the importance of a good insurance policy can’t be overlooked. Ask if the facility offers insurance and what the policy covers. If you feel that you are not extensively covered, talk to your insurance provider and ask if your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance will cover the items in the unit. Also remember to keep a record of all the items in the unit and their value.

Although storage unit theft is on the rise, you can still be safe when you take the measures above. Even if you are using the unit for a few weeks as you move, security is very important and should never be overlooked.

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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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