One of the main concerns of a self-storage facility user is the amount of security the place has to offer. After all people leave behind many of the family’s valuable possessions including family heirlooms, antiques, rare paintings and expensive furniture at the self-storage units and any burglary or theft can ruin a family’s fortunes. However if you are careful and look for facilities that offer optimum security and have the requisite arrangements against pilferage, burglary, etc., then chances are that your goods would remain in safe custody for years to come.
While looking for a self-storage unit, most people are overtly concerned about convenience of use, 24-hour accessibility and such factors. However, an important attribute of a storage unit is how much security it promises for your goods.
These days the security arrangements offered by self-storage units range from the basics to the high technology gadgets. Your concern however should be how comfortable you feel about using these gadgets and how foolproof they are ultimately going to be. Some gadgets may look attractive and impressive from outside but opening it could be a child’s play from the burglar’s perspective.
Therefore, what are the typical characteristics of a storage unit that offers maximum security for the users? Here are some factors to look for:
Alarm systems: The most effective alarm systems are those manned by 24-hour guards and connected to the local fire or police stations. Each individual unit must have separate alarm system, linked with the main alarm system.Smoke alarms: Though seemingly unimportant in a space where smoking us usually prohibited, this feature nevertheless add to security in case of rare emergencies.Restricted entry: this actually means nothing, if a visitor has to sign and enter the premises. Ensure that entry is allowed only through password enabled security codes , which even the staff of the storage unit may not be aware of.
CCTVs, which are monitored 24-hours a day by trained security guards.
Intercom systems, which prevent anyone from walking into the secured areas, should be installed.
There should be either a key-code or a swipe card system for accessing the unit. Some units have specific codes for using the elevator or a particular floor only.
If you ensure that most of these security measures are in place, then the place is worth hiring for storing your valuable goods.