We have decided to postpone the decision to use long term storage of property we might want to keep for our last year of planning. The decision to keep a storage unit or not is a personal choice and something I’m not intending to include to any large degree in this blog post.
A recent spike in theft from local storage facilities has me thinking about security of our belongs should we ever decide to use a storage facility. Sure, there are good locks. My personal preference are disc locks.
Then there is the decision to use a customary public storage locker, a storage box such as those offered by PODS, Pack Rat and others. Or perhaps leaving items with family might be an option. Each has it’s benefit and concerns not the least is intruding on family.
All things considered, for us, long term storage may have more to do with not wanting to dispose of valuable or hard to replace items. Therefore the items stored would have greater value. And the chance our items could be stolen is a possibility.
Thieves come up with creative ways to get at property. This includes cutting locks off and replacing them with another lock which delays discovery of the theft. Should a theft occur law enforcement might expect you to be present when making a report. This might not be possible during instances where perhaps a family member, friend or you check the storage facility every few months or more. I’ve not checked the pricing for renter insurance so I can’t say if it is available or not. Besides, the stolen items might not be replaceable if it’s a family treasure.
There are steps one can take to help law enforcement such as having serial numbers, photos or engraving your name on items. Yet still this would not guarantee discovery of your stolen property nor if you would not be asked to return and appear in court.
In conclusion, part of the decision to keep property in storage has to be the risk of theft.
Wonder if I could figure out how to rig one of those blue dye packs that explode like they use in a bank? Then again, although in Missouri breaking into a storage building is technically a felony, the crook would probably sue if he got blue dye in his eyes.