Did you know that items can and have been stolen from self storage lockers? Not too long ago, self storage locker theft was on the rise. While those numbers have tapered off slightly, thieves still prey on self storage lockers, since these lockers are often full of valuable items and aren’t always secure.
How can you make sure that the things you are storing in a self storage locker are safe from theft? There are a few measures that you can take to choose the safest self storage locker facility. Take a look at these steps to take before you choose a self storage locker company.
- Tour the facility before you rent a locker. This can be hard to do if you live far away, and you want to rent a locker that’s in a distance location. But, if you live in the area (or will be in the area prior to moving), make sure to visit the facilities, and ask about the various security features set up to keep your items safe.
- Talk to the manager. A good self storage facility should have a manager on the property at all times, and you should be able to speak with this person. Ask about the security features offered, and ask for clarification if you don’t understand an aspect of security that’s set up on the premises. It’s also a good idea to find out how far the locker you want to rent is located from security cameras or other security measures.
- Ask whether or not the local police monitor the premises. Sometimes, police do not bother to tour self storage facilities, and other times they do patrol the facilities regularly. If the company you will be renting from has a solid relationship with the local police station, you may be better off renting from that company.
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
Before you install a security camera in your self storage unit, make sure to ask whether or not this is permitted by the company that owns the property. If not, it may be illegal to install that camera. But, there are still some things that you can do in order to make sure that the valuable items inside of your storage facility are safe.
The number one tip that we can give you is to store the more valuable items at the back of your locker facility. This way, any thief that breaks into your locker will not be able to grab the more valuable items right away, and they will likely have to crawl over or move many additional boxes to get to those items. There’s something else that you can do in order to ensure that your items are safe as well – pick your lock wisely.
Choosing a Lock
Most self storage facilities allow you to choose your own lock for your storage door. Since this is the one thing separating your items from thieves, it’s best to choose a lock that cannot be easily cut. How do you know which locks are the safest? Make sure to take your time researching the various types of locks available, and you may even want to ask a storage unit facility owner which lock is the best for the unit that you are renting. Often, these experts can give you valuable insight into the locks that you should be using to secure your locker.
At Waterglen Self Storage, we guarantee that our storage facility is safe and secure, and that your items will be safe when you store them with us. For rates and security features, give us a call today – we look forward to working with you!