You may think your stuff is not much, but you are the owner. If you are storing it far away, it is important that no one else has access to it. Asking about security is important when selecting a self-storage facility. Security measures can vary widely depending on owner preferences and crime rates in the area. Your choice of security is entirely up to you.
Many self-storage units have taken some measures to protect their property. Security measures such as fencing and security cameras may be sufficient, but you can also opt for more sophisticated options like video surveillance and secure entry gates. What you store and what level of security you want will all depend on your needs.
It may be that items which can be easily replaced can be insured. Items that are sentimental, or of great value, may require more protection. Consider visiting the potential storage facilities. It is obvious that a business with holes in its fence and poor lighting or dark spaces, which are not well lit up, will be unsecure. It doesn’t matter how powerful or big your own unit lock may be, as a thief determined to break into your unit would do it at any given opportunity.
Choose an alarm system where the guards are on-site or that the alarm provider monitors. The alarm company should also have a connection to local police dispatch. A motion detector is a good option. Many have motion sensors that alert the security system if a unit’s door is open and left for an extended time.
It makes a huge difference how visitors are treated. Renters can be prevented from wandering into the premises and checking out what’s going on by using a system that restricts access. Sign-in-sign-out systems and secured gates for renters with access codes work well. For newer units, you may need to swipe a card at the gate in order to gain entry.
You should look for a place that has an emergency response unit in case there is smoke or fire. As smoking is known to be a fire risk, it should not permitted on grounds. All facilities should include smoke and fire detectors.