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Purchase the best lock you can find.

Opt for a lock that is resistant to bolt cutters and lock tampering. We recommend purchasing a disc lock instead of one with a long shackle. We do sell very secure locks, made in Germany, at our Peoples Storage locations.

Be aware of what not to put in your storage unit.

Don’t put anything in your storage unit that insurance won’t cover. For instance, cash is not covered by insurance, so make sure to take it to the bank. Always check with your insurance provider before storing anything valuable.

Keep a current inventory of what is in your unit.

It is a good idea to keep a current inventory of your storage unit. This might seem like a pain, but it will be invaluable to you and the insurance company in the event of a loss. Also, it will help you remember what exactly you put into storage in the first place. One tip to make it easier: use your smart phone to take a video or pictures of the contents!

Get indoor storage for extra protection.

If security is a concern for you, consider choosing a unit that is located inside a storage building. This allows for an extra layer of protection because the buildings are typically protected with keypad access or locked down during off hours.

Don’t give anyone your access code or key.

Don’t just let anyone in your storage units and the facility. Don’t advertise where and what you’re keeping in your storage unit to anyone except close family and friends that you trust.

Purchase insurance (even if it is not required).

Peoples Storage does not require insurance, but we strongly recommend you take out a policy anyway. Coverage is very inexpensive – $10 or less per month for minimum coverage. However, check with your homeowners or renters insurance first: your storage unit might already be covered.