Self storage security is of critical importance to you and should be of equal importance to the self storage facility. Whether you are storing family items or important business documents you want to know that the safe and secure storage of your possessions is taken seriously.
In this article we will look at all issues of self storage security from the physical to the electronic and showcase security elements you should be considering when selecting a self storage facility.
External Fencing and Locked Gated Access
At the self storage facility the first line of security should be a tall and secure steel fence with a lockable gate. As most self storage facilities are located on industrial estates or business parks the ability to prevent access to the site is beneficial. The external gate should be securely locked and tenants of the storage facility should be given the access details
Keypad Entry to the Storage Unit
To gain access to the storage facility users must enter through an access door fitted with an electronic entry fob system. Each storage tenant has a unique fob coded to open the door (this removes the need for keys or remembering a code number). The fob allows the electrically controlled door to be unlocked and access to the storage facility
Storage Facility Alarm System
A security alarm system should be fitted inside the storage facility. When someone enters the facility the alarm should be activated. As a tenant you will have been given details of the alarm code so that you can deactivate it on entry. Note: as a tenant you will set the alarm when you exit the facility. professional self storage facilities like the storage hub have alarms linked to a facility 24:7
CCTV Video Cameras
CCTV will be fitted to cover all corridors and areas within the storage facility. The CCTV operates 24 / 7 / 365 providing continuous coverage of the storage unit and preventing unauthorised access of your storage unit.
Each self storage unit can be individually locked. As a tenant it is your responsibility to provide a lock and ensure your unit is locked. By you having control of your padlock only you can enter and access the storage unit. As you would expect it is your responsibility to keep your padlock key (or combination number safe).
How safe are the internal self storage units
With an external perimeter fence, electronic access entry, alarm system, 24/7/365 CCTV , and your own individual padlock. You can rest assured that your storage unit is safe and only staff and other customers can enter.
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Self Storage Security – Internal and Enclosed
At the Storage Hub all self storage units are fully enclosed, which means that others cant see what you are storing while the door is closed. Larger units that you can walk into, are well illuminated so you can check out your contents with the door shut.
There is a big difference between internal self storage units and self storage units that are housed externally. External storage units are typically used 20ft or 40ft Transport containers which are stored outside. This means that the units are exposed to the weather and elements and unfortunately there is always the chance of water getting into the unit.
Internal self storage units are as the name indicates steel storage units housed within a warehouse. That means your unit is clean and dry, good facilities are well ventilated which means you can store documents, household items, furniture and other possessions with confidence. For more information on organising self storage click here and top tips for self storage
Visit the Storage facilities and check out the self storage security
When renting a self storage unit, security should be a top priority to ensure the safety of your belongings. Here are some security measures to look for when renting a self storage unit:
- Perimeter security: Look for a storage facility with perimeter security such as fences, walls, or gates to prevent unauthorised access to the property.
- Surveillance cameras: The facility should have security cameras that cover all areas of the property including entry points, hallways, and individual storage units.
- On-site personnel: A storage facility with on-site personnel, such as a manager or security guard, can provide an extra layer of security by monitoring the property and addressing any potential security threats.
- Access controls: Look for a storage facility that uses access controls such as electronic gates, keycard entry systems, or biometric scanning to ensure only authorized individuals have access to the property.
- Lighting: The storage facility should have adequate lighting both inside and outside the property to deter potential thieves and provide visibility for customers accessing their units.
- Alarms: Some storage facilities have alarms on individual storage units that will sound if someone tries to break into the unit.
- Climate control: If you are storing sensitive items such as electronics or artwork, look for a facility that offers climate-controlled units to protect your items from damage due to temperature and humidity changes.
By looking for a storage facility that has these security measures in place, you can be confident that your belongings will be safe and secure while in storage.