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Choosing a Secure Self-Storage Facility

Are you looking for a storage facility you can trust with your most personal belongings? Storing something in someone else’s space can be a little irksome, so be sure when you find a storage facility that’s right for you, that they include the following security features.

  • General alarm systems that can be either monitored or unmonitored on site by security guards and may have links to the local police station. In some cases, each unit may      have an inpidual alarm that is linked to a central site control. Other options include alarms that go off if units are left open for an exceptionally long time and infra-red motion detectors.
  • Fire and smoke alarm systems that can help contain unforeseen accidents. Virtually all self-storage facilities ban smoking on site as a fire hazard.
  • Restricted access systems that insist that all visitors sign in and out before they can access the facility. Visitors who are not currently customers may not be able to enter unless they are accompanied by a staff member.
  • Key-code or swipe card access for your unit and/or facility entrances in general that gives added access security. Some companies will allow you to choose your own unit key-code number for additional security.
  • Intercom systems that  prevent just anyone walking into the facility or into specific unit areas.
  • Surveillance cameras that are usually monitored 24 hours a day.
  • Residential managers that actually live on the property. In many cases you’ll find that self-storage companies offer guards 24 hours a day, although some companies opt for less coverage. In this instance the company may contract private security firms to do spot checks and offer security services out of hours.
  • Well-placed industrial level security lighting that acts as an added deterrent. This can be motion sensitive or permanent and should be found both internally and      externally.
  • Perimeter fencing that can be electric or standard. Many self-storage units are now deploying concrete walls instead of standard fencing for added security and to prevent potential thieves from being able to see inside.
  • Reinforced units that give added security against break-ins.
  • Specialist padlocks that recess into the door and are extremely difficult to pick.
  • Sole key holder policies that ensure that you are the only person with a key to your unit.
  • Patrols round units that check that doors are secure on a regular basis.
 

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