Ensuring secure self-storage is a two-way street. While your self-storage facility should provide necessary measures to keep your storage unit secure, there are some measures you can take to ensure protection from your end as well.
Here are some of the expectations that you should have from a secure self-storage unit:
A digital surveillance system: Ensures that the property is well surveyed and digital surveillance is stored. Digital surveillance is superior to tape storage.
Access systems should be password protected: When customers and employees have unique access codes that need to be entered in order to gain access, who can go in and out of the facility is restricted greatly, ensuring safety.
Well-lit spaces throughout Proper lighting is necessary for a secure self-storage setup.
Property that is well-maintained: Thieves are more likely to target facilities that look like they are in disorder – whether it is a broken access keypad or damage in the fencing. Properties that are meticulously maintained are less likely to be targeted.
On your part, as a customer, here are some of the things that you should be doing in order to ensure that your self-storage is secure.
Buy the best possible lock: Subpar locks are not sturdy and very easy to pick or snip off. Locks need to be resistant to bolt cutters and tampering. A good idea would be to go for cylinder or disc locks.
Know what should not be stored in self-storage: There are some items that are not allowed to be stored in self-storage facilities. However, there are some items that should not be stored in them for security reasons. For instance, cash should not be stored in self-storage because it is not covered by insurance. You would be better off keeping cash in the bank. Check with your insurance provider before you decide to store valuables in self-storage.
Keep a current inventory: While it is considered to be a pain, keeping an inventory of your items is very useful because it helps you know what is stored even after a significant period of time. An accurate inventory helps you keep track of whether your items are all in place.
Do not give someone else the access code: Be extremely careful about who you allow into your storage. It is best to not announce where you are storing your items and what you are storing there.