People use self-storage for all kinds of reasons. Some need to free up space in their already cramped apartment, whilst others require somewhere to stow belongings temporarily when moving house or to protect valuable possessions against damage and theft.
Most storage facilities have adequate security measures, such as high fencing, PIN codes access, and 24-hour CCTV. But you’re typically required to provide your own padlock to secure the possessions held within your storage unit.
There are a number of things you can do to protect your belongings, and here we look at just a few of them…
6 tips for keeping your assets secure
- Keep a record of items – whether it be electronics, furniture, clothes, toys, or memorabilia, having a list of everything you keep inside your storage unit (and its value) will come in handy. It’s also worth creating a map of where everything is so you can go straight to the items you need, whenever you need them, without rooting around for hours and making a mess.
- Use a decent padlock – not all padlocks are created the same. They can cost anywhere between a few pounds and more than £1,000 – depending on the material and overall strength of the lock – and they each have a CEN (Central European Norm) grade, ranging from grade 1 to grade 6. Ideally, you want to choose grade 3 or above for your storage unit.
- Don’t give anyone else your key/code – keyed padlocks are hard to pick and engineered not to be cut or broken. To open the padlock, you need to have the correct key. However, if you’re constantly misplacing keys, a combination padlock is ideal as you just need to remember the correct code! Whether you opt for a keyed or combination padlock, don’t make it easy for opportunists to access your storage. Keep your key safe and don’t share your code with anyone.
- Consider the weather – is your storage unit out in the open? If so, you’ll want to make sure that it’s sealed and secure. It’s also a good idea to take a look at the extensive range of marine-grade padlocks available to buy online at LockShop Direct. These can withstand the harshest of conditions.
- Cover expensive items – are you the proud owner of a grand piano? Got an antique car or motorbike? If you’re redecorating or downsizing to a smaller place, you might have to move these into storage. Draping a sheet over the top of them, and using bubble wrap for any other delicate items, will protect them against dirt, dust, and damage.
- Never skimp on insurance – it usually depends on your storage facility, but some provide insurance. For those who do, try and find out exactly what cover is included. We’d also suggest contacting your insurer to check what type of padlock they require (i.e. a closed shackle that needs a key, not a combination code) to ensure that your possessions are covered in the event of a break-in or damage.
And there you have it.
The most important thing you can do when stowing belongings in a storage unit is to secure the door with a top-quality lock and – if in doubt – use padlocks and chains to fasten any items together inside your unit.