Whether you’re looking to store your belongings short-term or long-term, a storage unit is a perfect solution for keeping your items safe until you find a place for them. Although personal storage provides a fantastic and flexible solution, there are many factors you should consider before deciding on a provider – the main one being the safety of your possessions.
To avoid theft, damage and other security problems, follow our expert tips for keeping your valuables safe and sound in storage!
1. Choose a Safe & Secure Facility
We all know that it can be difficult parting from our belongings and the big worry on our mind is ‘how do I keep my possessions safe?’. To minimise the chance of having something stolen, it’s vital that you look for a storage unit with high-quality, round-the-clock security features in place.
At 1st Access, we are experts in keeping our customers belongings safe – we’ve been doing it since we were established in 1990! To ensure your belongings are always secure, we offer the below security features in Peterborough to give you peace of mind.
- 24/7 digital surveillance
- 24-hour security
- Heavy-duty padlocks
- Strict access measures
2. Purchase a Strong Padlock
Your best line of defence against burglars really is a simple one. Buy a good quality padlock! Sturdy padlocks cannot easily be tampered with and give an additional layer of security to keep your belongings locked away. Our padlocks have been handmade in the UK and with storage safety in mind. These can easily be purchased in-store if you don’t already have one for your container.
3. Make Sure You’re Insured
It’s important to check that you have the right insurance in place to cover you, in the unlikely event of a fire, accident, flood, etc. Although storage units are safe, accidents can happen. By taking out insurance, you can relax knowing that you’re covered, so there are no nasty surprises.
4. Keep a Record of Stored Items
If you are planning to keep your items in storage for a long period of time, it can be easy to lose track of what you have and where you’ve stored it. To avoid forgetting what you’ve held onto, write a list of the items you’ve put into storage and where you’ve placed them. If possible, you can take photos of important items on your smartphone so that you have a record.
5. Nobody Else Should Have Access
To reduce the risk of theft, you, and only you, should have access to your unit and your self-storage company should require customer ID on arrival.