When you need a place to put items that you can’t currently use in your home or business, self-storage is the obvious solution. However, it’s just as important to keep your belongings safe while they’re in storage as it is to keep the items organized and protected from damage.
When it comes to security, not every self-storage facility is created equal. Understanding the types of security available can ensure that you make informed decisions about where and how to store your possessions.
In this blog, we list four common security-related questions that you may ask as you look for a safe self-storage unit.
- What Security Measures Should I Look for at a Facility?
Virtually all self-storage facilities have some form of perimeter security. In urban areas, some self-storage units are enclosed within a warehouse-like building so that the only way in and out is through the designated entrances.
However, most self-storage facilities, especially those outside of major cities, are outdoor premises. These premises will likely have a strong gate around them to discourage unlawful entry.
In addition to these basic measures, a facility may also employ a combination of any of the following:
- CCTV cameras around the perimeter or at the gate
- Electronically controlled gates that require a key code
- Onsite managers who stay at the facility overnight
- Security lighting, which may or may not be motion sensitive
- Security systems that trip when someone attempts to open a unit improperly
A storage facility does not necessarily need all of these security measures to be safe. However, if you’re storing valuables, you may want to look for a facility with as many security precautions as possible.
- What Security Measures Should I Look for in a Unit?
In addition to overall security systems that monitor the office and gates, some storage facilities also use an alarm system for individual units. These alarm systems should be used in conjunction with appropriate locks, as we’ll discuss in the next section.
If you are storing electronics, heirlooms, or other expensive items, you should choose a storage facility that individually wires its units for security.
If you are storing a valuable vehicle, such as a collector car, you should look for a storage facility with enclosed vehicle storage rather than open-air spaces for extra security.
- How Can I Protect My Individual Storage Unit?
Once you sign a lease with a security-conscious facility, you must also take your own measures to ensure that your items remain safe. Begin by choosing a lock for the unit. Many storage facilities allow you to use your own lock if you already have one or to purchase one onsite.
When choosing a lock, look for a unit that would be difficult for a would-be thief to bypass. For example, cylinder locks fit more snugly into door closures and are, therefore, much more difficult to remove with bolt cutters.
Additionally, you should not talk freely about where your items are stored or where you keep the key to your lock.