When you put your belongings in a storage unit, you believe that it will be safely locked inside. But it may not be as true as you think! Many storage facilities have the bare minimum in terms of security features that burglars and thieves will likely have easy access to the units.
Keep in mind that since you won’t be keeping a watchful eye on your storage unit at all times – it’s neither possible nor practical – you have to carefully choose the storage facility. Your first step is to look at its security features.
You have to take a tour of the storage facility’s premises, ask about its security features, and even inspect the ones that have a direct effect on your belongings’ security. You may not be allowed access to high-security features, such as the CCTV control room, but you should be allowed to see the basics.
While every storage facility has its specific security features, these are the basics that should be ideally present.
- Gated access
Many storage facilities still use the traditional combo of guards at the gate who perform security duties, such as manning the gate and patrolling the premises. But there are storage facilities that use more advanced technology, such as electronic entry gates that only allow access to individuals with security cards or unique passcodes.
- Lighted areas
The best storage facilities are well-lighted in nearly all areas, from the gate to the storage units, because lighting can be a deterrent against burglars. Plus, you will have an easy time going to and fro your storage unit when the path or hallway toward it is well-lighted.
Of course, it is best if the storage facility has an on-site manager and guards on a 24/7 basis. Both of these personnel will keep an eye on the premises as well as address issues that you may have when necessary.
Now, if you want more advanced features because your belongings in storage have considerable value, then you should look for advanced security features.
- Video surveillance
This is a must nowadays because video evidence is among the best evidence when crimes, such as burglary, are committed. The storage facility should have strategically placed CCTVs in and around the premises, said CCTVs of which should always be turned on. The management should also have specific policies about their storage for future reference.
- Alarm on the units
Aside from the lock on your storage unit, you may have more peace of mind if it has an alarm, too. Once an unauthorized person attempts to enter your unit, an alarm will sound and the management can be alerted.
Keep in mind that the number and types of security features will likely influence the rental rate for the storage units. But if you want peace of mind that your belongings will be safe and secure, then you may want to consider these security features.
You may also consider insurance on your storage unit. Be sure to ask the storage facility’s management about its insurance policy, which may or may not be part of the rental fee. Your homeowner’s policy may also cover your belongings so ask the insurance company, too.