Security - What to Expect at The Self Storage Center

The use of self storage units for Americans is very common.  After all, 1 out of 10 USA households rents a storage unit. So it appears, for most of us, at some point we are going to be in the market to store our belongings away from our home our business.  Modern self storage facilities employ numerous ways to protect your items while they are in storage. Listed below are some the security measures that self storage facilities use to protect your items.  It is important for you to familiarize yourself with these security measures because they differ according to geographical location and company policies.

 

 

Security Measures

 

No one can guarantee that their storage facility is 100% secure. However, most self storage owners  make a “best efforts” attempt to deter theft at their facilities.  Most self storage operators pride themselves on that fact that their facilities are monitored and protected by professional security systems.  The following security measures are fairly standard in the self storage industry.

 

 

  • Fully Fenced Facility – Not only are most self storage facilities fully fenced, but, they are should have good lighting at night. This is especially vital if you will be accessing your storage unit when it's dark, or when no facility staff members are on duty.
  • Electronic keypad entry system at the primary gate - When you rent a storage unit you will be provided a distinct gate access code, which allows you entry to the facility through a keypad system,  that operates the storage center’s main gate.  You will also have to use the code to exit the property.
  • Security Cameras – Many self storage facilities make use of video cameras that have 24 hour recordings, to help them monitor the activities at the storage facility.
  • Storage Unit Lock – The self storage center typically requires their tenants to purchase and attach to their storage unit.   We suggest using a Disc lock instead of a Pad lock.  Disc lock cannot be cut by bolt cutters.
  • Onsite Manager -Some storage centers are handled by an employee or owner who lives on site. Although this provides additional security, it does not suggest that somebody is monitoring security at all times.If you're storing your valuables at a center in a major city such as New York or Boston, ask the storage manager if the home is a "lock-down center." This suggests that a manager will be present whenever you have access to your storage, including another level of security for you and your belongings.

 

Facility Hours

 

For security purposes, most of self storage centers have set hours in which tenants can access their storage unit. The property's security system will avoid you from entering the property other than throughout these hours. If you access to your storage unit other than the standard stated operating hours, storing your items there may not fit your needs.  Make sure to know in advance what times and days you will be allowed to access your belongings. In many cases, you can get special access to your storage unit after normal business hours, by getting special permission from the local Manager.

 

Are You In Need of Some Self Storage?


Do you need to de-clutter your life?  Whether you need extra storage space for personal or business reasons renting a storage unit can really help!  Check out the following self storage tips over at LookingforStorage.com, they can help you save time and money.

 

Need more information about Self Storage? Check out the sites below:

Self Storage Association

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_storage

 

Check out the following Video - It does a good job of going over what you should expect from a Self Storage Facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Storage Security Features

Key Pad Gate Access
Key Pad Gate Access
Electronic Gate System
Electronic Gate System
Security Cameras
Security Cameras
Security Monitors
Security Monitors
Your Personal Lcok
Your Personal Lock
Onsite Manager
Onsite Manager