Taking Safety Into Your Own Hands
Even after you’ve chosen a secure storage facility, you still can take steps to make sure your belongings are safe.
If you have a few high-value items among your stored possessions, American Storage recommends placing those valuables in the back of your unit. Doing so can protect your most important belongings from what is referred to as a “crash and grab” theft. In this type of burglary, thieves break into several units and quickly seize whatever looks like it holds the most value. Because these burglaries often happen so quickly–usually in a matter of minutes–crooks will be less likely to snatch important items if you’ve made them more difficult to grab.
Many storage facilities also let you choose your own lock for your unit’s door. Take the time to choose a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters. You should avoid buying a lock with a long shackle, which is the loop that passes through or around the object you’re locking. Instead, American Storage recommends purchasing a disc lock or a cylinder lock, both of which are difficult to cut.
To help prevent theft, we have a gate, fence and camera system. We also employ a security firm to randomly monitor the facility. But you can help too! Please do not allow anyone to follow you in through the front gate. If someone does, please contact management at 406-431-0941 immediately.
If you see anything suspicious occurring at the storage facility, contact management or Lewis and Clark County Sheriff. Thank you.