Before you move (or sometimes after moving), you may realize that you don’t have sufficient room in your home or apartment for all of your prized possessions. One way to keep your items – and clear up some space – is to store them safely in a secure and climate-controlled storage facility.

Based on the value of your items, you may require different levels of security and insurance to protect your belongings. So, before you sign any contract and move your stuff into storage, be sure to visit a facility in person. Before you tour, check out our handy storage security index in order to know what you need and what to look for.

  • Fences – Metal picketed fences or complete brick walls offer some protection from trespassers. However, a facility with brick walls offers greater protection from unwanted eyes.
  • Coded Gates – Coded gates can be very effective against those who want to gain access to the facility grounds and building. Coded gates are especially useful to prevent unauthorized access since only employees and customers of the facility will have the codes. Access can be logged each time people come and go and a record can be kept.
  • Motion Sensors – They can be used both indoors and outdoors for extra protection and can be connected to light fittings or alarms or both. The light will automatically turn on when motion is detected and the alarm will sound. The alarm can be set up to notify the police so they can investigate.
  • Alarms – Alarms are a great crime deterrent anywhere including your home, office and at your storage facility. The alarms can be connected up to the local police station or may simply sound when someone has broken in to the facility. Fire alarms are another security measure to protect your goods from being destroyed by fire and these are generally connected up to the local fire or police station.
  • Keypad Access – This offers great security and peace of mind to the person storing possessions. You will be given a code to get to your unit which may be use to give you access to hallways, elevators an even your floor. If you are in a multistory unit you may have to use the code in the elevator to gain access to the floor your goods are stored and you may not be able to go on to another floor, this adds an extra level of security.
  • Lighting – Good outside and inside lighting. Lighting can be motion sensitive and is thus triggered by some type of movement or it can be permanent. Lighting can help deter undesirables from coming on to the storage facilities property.
  • Locks – You will most likely be responsible for obtaining your own lock for your storage unit – enabling you to have complete control over who can access the unit. It is a good idea to leave a key with the warehouse operator in case of emergency. It is also a good idea to let the storage facility know if you plan top give cope of the key to other people that you know will need to gain access at some time. Some storage facilities may ask for a list of these people and may give them access when they need or may contact you prior to giving them any access. All facilities are different and many will have different rules regarding access.
  • Onsite Guards – Some facilities may have on site security 24 hours a day seven days a week and others may have a resident manager who doubles as a guard during off hours.
  • Close Circuit Television (CCTV) – This is a good way to monitor who is going where and what they are doing in the facility. In most cases a person will be monitoring the CCTV units, and in some cases this is video taped to be looked at a later time.

Hallway Intercoms – This is another excellent way of both summoning help and in advising people to move away from areas that are restricted.

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