StorageMart Tells You What You Need to Know About Self Storage Theft

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StorageMart and a handful of storage tenants were the victim of theft on Sunday evening, December 11, 2011. StorageMart opened the conversation today to discuss self storage theft and offers a few tips on making your storage unit more secure.

someone is looking for something very specific... [or] knows of a specific tenant

StorageMart, a self storage provider with more than 130 storage facilities in the U.S. and Canada, opened the conversation today to discuss theft at self storage properties. StorageMart and a handful of its Kansas City storage tenants were the victim of theft on Sunday evening, December 11, 2011.

According to StorageMart, someone broke in to the storage facility at 195 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Kansas and cut the locks to several storage units. The property manager moved quickly as soon as he discovered the break-in on Monday morning. The Kansas City, Kansas police department responded immediately and has collected evidence; StorageMart provided access to security footage on the night of the incident.

Perhaps the mystery of what's behind those rows of doors is too great for some, or it could be that the hype around TV shows like Storage Wars urges some to go on a storage unit treasure hunt. According to Tron Jordheim, StorageMart CMO, "Typical break-ins occur when someone is looking for something very specific, such as electronics or valuables that are easy to spot. More often than not, the thief knows of a specific tenant and is looking for that unit, as in an estranged spouse or employer."

So how can storage tenants protect themselves from theft? StorageMart suggests:

  •     Invest in a high-end lock. Disc locks and other quality locks require special tools, create a lot of noise and take longer to cut. All of these factors can deter a thief from trying to open your storage unit.
  •     Select a storage facility with video surveillance. StorageMart reports that out of its 130 properties, they have very few break-ins each year and that video surveillance can be irrefutable evidence when it comes to prosecuting criminals.
  •     Make sure the property is secure. Select a storage facility with fencing around the entire perimeter of the property and has PIN pad access controls. Quality fencing should be roughly 8 feet high.
  •     Don't share your access codes. Your personal PIN code give you access to the storage facility and storage companies keep a record of PIN code activity for security purposes. If you have shared your code with others or think it may be compromised, contact the property manager and he or she can issue you a new code.
  •     Keep the mystery. Don't announce what antiques or treasures you keep in your storage unit.
  •     Place items in boxes or at the back of your storage unit. Valuable items should be hidden from plain site upon opening your storage unit door or placed in cardboard moving boxes. You can lessen the chance that someone else will want to go through the items by keeping file boxes, clothes, etc near the front.


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