Although self storage theft is on the decline according to the MiniCo Insurance Agency, burglary is a real threat when storing you belongings in a self storage unit. Fortunately, certain measure can be taken that ensure that your belongings are safe and provide you with peace of mind.
The first step in securing your belongings is choosing the right facility. According to the website of Ben White Mini Storage, safety features such as well-lit units, security cameras, and fencing with access gates are good to look for in storage facilities. Some Austin self storage units even feature resident managers that are often available to keep an eye on the facility.
Once you feel you have chosen the correct facility, the next step is choosing the right lock. Though many people often think that any lock will do just fine, certain types of locks have their advantages and disadvantages. The three most common types of locks according to storage experts are keyless, padlock, and disc locks.
Keyless locks are great for those that need to grant access to multiple people at their discretion. This could be beneficial to companies that need employees to access a unit. In addition, the lack of a key means that there is no key to misplace or lose. Unfortunately, this type of lock is often not recommended due to its design. While it may fine for to temporarily secure less valuable items like at a gym locker, they can often easily be cut with bolt cutters when used for outdoor self storage units.
Similar to the previously mentioned combination locks, the design of padlocks often leaves your belongings vulnerable to theft. This is because some manufacturers provide bump keys that could allow just about anyone access to your stored goods. These locks can also be picked or cut fairly quickly and easily.
Lastly, disc locks are usually recommended for storage security as they were originally developed for self storage facilities. The design of the locks makes it near impossible to break, pick, or cut. In fact, though they can be cut using a grinder, the process is often loud and time consuming. The difficulty alone often serves to deter crime itself. Due to their effectiveness, they are often available for free or for sale at several storage facilities.