Self Storage Security

You are getting ready to find a new home for your seasonal belongings, or simply need space to store a few extra things and begin to look into self-storage facilities. One thing to consider is that you probably don’t leave the doors to your house or garage unlocked and where you choose to put your items should also offer some degree of security to protect your stuff.

The price and quality of your belongings will play a role in the level of security you demand in a self-storage facility, but there should be a certain level of trust invoked just by walking around the area, before agreeing to put your belongings in a locker. There are a few things to look into that pertain to security at a self-storage facility:

  • General alarm system
  • Fire alarms / smoke detectors in each unit
  • Camera surveillance system
  • Adequate security lighting
  • Limited access into the main facility
  • Special recessed padlocks

Security systems are going to be different depending on the facility, and storage lockers that are located within an indoor area, usually those offering climate controlled storage typically maintain a higher level of security. In most of these units a location manager will need to let you in before you can get into your own locker.

Prevention is key

An alarm system within the facility may be useful in those areas when there are no on-site managers or other workers. Some of the indoor facilities will have people on-site 24-hours a day, but those that do not, should have a system that automatically calls the local police station, or at least to a central monitoring station to notify police in the event of unauthorized access.

Many storage facilities have banned smoking inside their units as a fire prevention method, but smoke and fire detectors in every storage unit is considered a responsible security measure. A closed circuit camera system, monitored or un-monitored can be a deterrent to someone considering breaking into a storage unit and visible cameras can usually provide an extra level of security.

Lighting should be effective and bright enough to provide a good feeling about personal security as well as to serve as a deterrent against break-ins. Dim lighting is not acceptable either for outdoor storage units or indoor units, and simply visiting the facility after dark will quickly make the facility’s lighting known.

Indoor and outdoor storage facilities should provide restricted access to the main storage units to keep those who have no business to be there, out. Some facilities require customers to sign in and out when they enter the main area while others use a swipe-card system to allow people access. A few facilities also use swipe-cards as security for the individual units to make it more convenient for their customers.

Locks are another issue of storage locker security and cheap padlocks rarely provide the level of protection most people expect. Padlocks that are recessed into the door are difficult to pick and can be difficult to open using bolt cutters. Additionally, many facilities provide re-enforced doors and door jams to reduce the chance of forced-entry. Whatever you are looking for in a storage facility, security should be near the top of your list.

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Becky Puetz 4 years ago from Oklahoma

yes, it pays to do a little research when it comes to choosing a storage unit. I recently had one had the lock cut off one of mine and a huge amount of merchandise stolen. Not only did I lose my stuff, but I didn't even receive an apology from the storage owner, even though I had done business with him for years. I have since found a self storage with extra security. Good advice

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Becky - Very sorry to hear about your bad storage experience! Glad to hear you have found a better facility for your belongings! Thanks for reading and sharing your experience so more people can be aware of how important it is to find a Secure Self Storage Facility!

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