Take a moment and think about the contents of your storage unit. Chances are, there’s some pretty valuable stuff. Maybe it includes items for your business, vehicles, important documents, heirlooms, the list goes on.
Whatever the case may be, your number one priority is making sure those items stay safe. Not only from rodents, weather, mold, and mildew, but outside threats as well.
At Lucky Horseshoe Storage, we pride ourselves in providing the utmost security for each and every one of our customers. We’ve employed the latest technology and surveillance equipment to monitor everything 24/7. We also regularly inspect each of our units to make sure they’re as secure as possible.
With that being said, you can never be too careful. In that light, we’ve outlined the best strategies you can employ to keep your storage unit safe.
Don’t Skimp on Your Storage Unit Lock
One of the biggest mistakes we see our customers make is not spending enough money on a quality lock.
For some reason, it’s all too easy to just walk into your local hardware store and buy something generic.
Believe it or not, we’ve even had customers say they spend a lot more on locks for their bikes than they do their storage units. While we understand that this is Bend, and people love their bikes, this logic doesn’t make much sense.
So, our advice is to spend the extra couple bucks on a heavy-duty lock that can’t be cut or otherwise broken into. Disc and cylinder locks seem to be best as most are resistant to bolt cutters.
Many homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies cover storage units. Some don’t. If you’re not sure, check with your insurance company.
If your policy doesn’t cover the contents of your storage unit, add this extra protection. The cost is nominal; usually less than $15 per month. That’s pretty cheap to keep your much more valuable items protected.
Take Inventory of Your Most Valuable Items
For a lot of people, it’s all too easy to just throw everything in their storage unit and “worry about it later.”
Not only does this cause confusion when it’s time to find that certain something, you could be in trouble in the event that something goes missing. When this happens, your insurance company will need proof that something was indeed taken.
Take the time to meticulously photograph and make a list of your unit’s contents. This little extra effort could be a saving grace in the end.
Don’t Give Your Access Code or Key to Anyone
It might seem smart to make an extra copy of the key to your lock. After all, what are you supposed to do if you lose the original?
We’re here to tell you this is a bad idea. Too many times, we’ve heard horror stories of people losing both their original and spare keys. They’re gone, never to be seen again. Talk about insecure. What if they wind up in the wrong hands?
Some people opt for locks that require electronic passcodes. The same principle applies here. Don’t give your passcode to anyone. A better idea is to write it down in a secure location that only you know and have access to.
Know What You Can’t Put in Your Storage Unit
Most storage units have rules that prohibit certain items from being stored. These often include items that are flammable. This is a no-brainer.
What might not be so obvious is that your insurance policy sometimes won’t cover certain items. These usually include cash or jewelry. If you’re in possession of these kinds of items, it’s best to keep them in a safe deposit box at your bank.
Along with customer service, security is a top priority for us at Lucky Horseshoe Storage in Bend, Oregon. While we’ve taken all the possible measures to keep our facility safe, there are some small extra steps you can take to make sure everything in your unit remains secure.
If you have any questions about the best practices to protect your storage unit in Bend, Oregon, give us a call or come by today. Our friendly staff are knowledgeable and eager to help however they can.