TIPS FOR PREVENTING THEFT AT STORAGE UNITS
The risk of losing property to theft in storage areas can be reduced by observing a few simple guidelines:
- If objects are of great value, put them in a safe deposit box or secure place in the home, not a public storage area.
- If you must use a storage space try to identify your property by engraving your driver’s license number on it or photographing it.
- Visit the facility where you plan to rent and ask the manager about security. Ask if the company provides additional security guards in the evening and has a system to keep track of people coming and going
- Visit again in the evening to see if the facility is properly lighted. You want a manager who recognizes tenants and can spot unusual activity.
- Talk to other tenants who can attest to the safety of their possessions stored there.
- Ask if the company offers an opportunity to purchase insurance. Take out your own insurance policy on items to be stored.
- Call the Better Business Bureau to check if complaints have been lodged against the storage company.
- Check on your property at least once a month.
- Use a lock recommended by a locksmith that is difficult to cut through or break off.
-Source: Westminster Crime Prevention Officer Jenny Trung