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How secure is your storage unit?

How secure is your storage unit?
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Tips to make sure your possessions are safe in storage

One of the most important thing to consider when putting your belongings into a storage unit is how safe and secure they are. There are a number of things to look for in the security system and the policies in place for your storage facility. Here is our advice on what to look for when checking how secure your storage unit is…

1.       Do your research

Firstly, have a look at your storage unit provider’s website and what they advertise as part of their security. Look at photos, descriptions and read customer reviews.

It may also be useful to look at other storage company websites to research the basic security standards of what facilities should offer and compare them.

If you are thinking of choosing a new facility, have a look at our article Choose the right self-storage facility where we give tips on other factors to think about when deciding what storage company to go for.

Also look for memberships, such as SSA (Self-Storage Association), BAR (British Association of Removers) or similar.

2.       Ask the storage company about security

If you can’t find enough information on the website, or you want to find something more specific, contact the company and ask. They will be able to provide you with details of all their security systems and procedures. Here are some things you may want to ask about:

  • security cameras
  • individual locks for each unit
  • alarm systems
  • entry codes
  • security staff on duty during open hours
3.       Take your own self-storage security measures

On top of the security that the storage unit company may provide, you can enhance the safety of your stuff by using your own measures.

One of the most important things you can do is keep an inventory of everything you have in your storage unit. This way, if something goes missing, you will know for sure. There are phone apps, such as Everspruce , that make creating an inventory and keeping it up-to-date, very easy.

Another step you can take is to use extra locks on the boxes and bags you have put your possessions in. This provides another layer of safety.

If you are labelling boxes, particularly those that contain portable and high-value items, consider using a code, rather than descriptive labels. A thief is more likely to pass over a box labelled 118A, but will quickly snap up one marked ‘Stereo’.

Finally, don’t share the storage unit company’s security information, for example any codes. And when on site, be mindful about people following you through doors which are normally locked. Of course it’s good manners to hold the door – but it’s definitely not good manners to your fellow self-storers or the storage company to let a thief loose on the premises.

4.       Purchase self-storage insurance

Insuring your goods is extremely important in order to protect yourself against damage or theft. Always insure your stuff at full replacement value and do not underinsure. If the contents of your unit change at any point, your insurance provider will need to be notified.

Do self-storage units have insurance? Sometimes, your unit provider will include insurance in their breakdown of costs. However, this is not always the case and they might not cover certain items. You may also find a better deal somewhere else. At Store and Insure, our policy protects your items against a number of concerns including fire, water damage and theft – get a quote from us today!

Safety is paramount

The most important reason for putting your possessions into storage is to keep them safe. Don’t compromise on security.