Don’t Use a Storage Facility Without These Four Security Measures

Published on 8/16/2019
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A row of storage units behind a sturdy fence

Not all storage facilities are equal, especially when it comes to their security measures. With the rise of burglaries in storage units, it is essential to choose a facility that takes security seriously and invests in many layers of protection.

Storage facilities that offer better security might have slightly higher prices, but the investment is worthwhile. Your belongings will be safer, and you will have peace of mind.

Here are four security measures you should look for when choosing a storage facility.

1 Access Control and Electronic Locks

Storage facilities must find the right balance of giving their customers easy access to their storage units while keeping everything safe. New technology in smart locks and keyless entry systems dramatically improves accessibility and security.

Make sure your storage facility uses keypads or other electronic lock systems on the outer gates. If the storage units are inside a large building, the external doors should also have electronic locks

Mobile apps for gate entry are also a good security measure. They work like a garage door opener with a security code. Mobile app entry systems also make facilities more handicap friendly because you won’t need to worry about reaching a keypad or lock system.

Storage facilities with proper security measures should also keep an electronic record of visitors. If a problem occurs, having an account of who came and went will help resolve the issue.

2 Camera Systems

Video surveillance is an important tactic to dissuade criminals and catch thieves. This is essential to keep your belongings secure. At a minimum, make sure the camera systems cover all the entry points and parking areas. Ideally, the video surveillance system should cover the entire storage facility to eliminate “blind spots.”

When choosing a storage facility, find out if the staff monitors the security cameras or if they only review the footage if an incident occurs. Also, ask how long the security system saves the camera footage.

If you discover that your storage unit was robbed, but you haven’t visited for several months, it will be important to have access to the security tapes for that time period.

3 Ample Lighting

You never know what time of day or night you might need to access your storage unit. If you need to go after dark, you will want the area to be well-lit for your convenience and safety. Lights can also be an effective deterrent for thieves.

Most storage facilities use motion-activated lights to keep energy costs low without compromising your safety. The lights around your storage unit should turn on as soon as you approach and be bright enough for you to work safely.

4 Alarm System

The most secure storage facilities use two “layers” of alarms. The first alarm protects the facility after hours to prevent break-ins. This kind of alarm will activate if someone breaks through the gates or into any of the buildings. The second alarm system usually covers the storage units. Some storage facilities put an alarm on each storage unit. If someone tries to enter a storage unit with the wrong access code, it will trigger the alarm.

Choose a storage facility with at least one alarm system on the gates and fences. If the storage units are inside a large building, make sure the external doors have an alarm system as well.

In addition to choosing a storage facility with multiple layers of protection, there are a few additional steps you should take to keep your belongings safe.

Buy a Good Lock: A good lock is often the best defense to keep your valuables safe. Locks come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and quality. Disc locks are ideal for storage units because they are harder to cut than standard padlocks. Express Storage also uses Secure Guard, which allows you to open the unit with the app on your smartphone.

Purchase Insurance: Most storage facilities do not carry insurance for your personal belongings. If your belongings are worth storing, it is worth purchasing appropriate insurance. Make sure your insurance policy has enough coverage for the value of your belongings.

Keep A Detailed Record: Write down everything you put in your storage unit. Include the serial numbers of electronics and the estimated value of each item. The list will help you stay organized. If you must file an insurance claim, it will help the insurance company confirm the actual value of your property.

Choosing a storage facility that maintains excellent security measures will keep your belongings safe and give you peace of mind. Make sure your storage unit has all of these layers of security in place. It might cost a little more, but it is a worthwhile investment.