Living in Bangkok for the past 35 years, expat Neal Kothari has seen the capital grow from a quiet city to the bustling metropolis it is today. Although this expansion has resulted in a surge in tourism and infrastructure, there have also been some unwanted consequences. One is the steady rise in the crime rate, especially petty thefts such as purse snatching by motorcycle gangs. Although we can always be more cautious, some circumstances are difficult to avoid. Expat families’ schedules generally revolve around our children’s holidays. We travel out of town for a large chunk of time in summer and winter. Even during the school year, we are out of the home everyday for long periods, whether for work, shopping, or kids’ activities. Thus we leave our valuables unattended at home in a predictably consistent manner, exposed to both internal and external risk factors.
To address this concern, Kothari has opened a new safe deposit box rental service called ‘CB Lockers’ conveniently located in the Interchange 21 Building at the Asok intersection. The building is directly connected to the Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations, with ample parking. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am-7pm, including most public holidays, the flexible hours mean you do not need to sacrifice important daily engagements to make a trip to the vault.
Unlike banks offering similar services, a dedicated safe deposit vault means customers are not required to maintain large deposits or buy life insurance products in order to become eligible. There are 4 sizes of boxes available to rent immediately, without any waitlists. Built with expats and tourists in mind, there are short and long-term contract options. Registration is a simple process with only a valid passport or Thai ID required. The focus is on privacy; so there is minimal paperwork and instead, customers use an advanced biometric access system consisting of a fingerprint and face scan to gain entry into the vault area. There are no queues; you can be in and out within a matter of minutes. And especially for the ladies, there are private cabins equipped with mirrors so you can try on your jewelry before hitting the town on Saturday night.
If safety is the primary concern, wouldn’t a bank vault be a better choice? Although the Asok branch only opened last October, the original location in the Silom area is operating since 2003. Originally built to service the jewelry industry, a niche clientele demanding both top-notch security and privacy, CB Lockers has gained a solid reputation. This has also been possible through a strong partnership with G4S, the world’s largest security company. They have actively managed both branches since inception. From designing the vault from ground up with fire resistant solid steel walls, to providing highly trained security personnel for daily operations, and monitoring the surveillance and alarm systems 24/7 from the G4S headquarters, they provide the professionalism this business demands. For skeptical clientele that worry about the possibility of a movie-style heist or fire, CB Lockers now provides insurance options that cover your personal belongings in such eventualities. And that is peace of mind that you simply cannot find at the bank.
CB Locker (Asok) : Interchange 21 Bldg, Level B1-D 399 Sukhumvit Road
Hour : Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm
Tel : 02-258-5853-4
Email : [email protected]
BTS Asok Exit 6 , MRT Sukhumvit Exit 2
CB Lockers (Bangrak) : Gems Tower, 8th Floor 1249-61 Charoen Krung Road
Hour : Mon-Sat 8 am -8 pm
Tel : 02-267-4620-1
Email : [email protected]
BTS Saphan Takin Exit 3
More Information : www.cblockers.com